A general conflict of interest is when an individual’s outside interests affect or appear to affect his or her professional judgment in carrying out University responsibilities.
The existence of a conflict of interest does not mean that the outside interest is influencing University activities; however, a conflict of interest does increase the risk of unintentional bias and, in some cases, outside financial interests may tempt individuals to intentionally bias their University activities.
Research conflicts of interest occur when an individual responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research has an outside interest that may affect or appear to affect the research they are responsible.
The U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) amended its Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Regulation effective August 24, 2012. These regulations are stricter than for other funding agencies. PHS regulations apply to current interest, and interests in the 12 months preceding a disclosure, rather than interests that are anticipated in the future. All PHS investigators must comply with the rules of the policy which include training and disclosing of significant financial interests.
PHS Investigators must be aware of and comply with Clemson University’s PHS COI policy, complete COI training every four years, and submit a disclosure form annually or as their outside activities or financial interests change.