Conflict of Interest

Fairview Health Services has a research conflict of interest (COI) policy that reflects new federal regulations regarding objectivity in research.

The policy has two main requirements:

1. COI Training

COI training is initially due prior to federal grant or IRB submission, and renewed every 3 years. It is available through the CITI website. Please see the CITI training instructions for guidance on completing COI training.

2. COI Disclosures

COI disclosures are initially due prior to federal grant or IRB submission, and renewed by the first of each year. Disclosures must be updated at the time of change in institutional responsibilities or financial or business interests as well.

Questions or concerns?

Contact Fairview Research Administration at or 612-672-7647.

Frequently asked Questions:

Why are you asking for all of this information?

Federal Regulations require institutions collect this information from any individual responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research. Most of the questions on this form are excerpted from the regulations: 42 CFR Part 50 Subpart F - Promoting Objectivity in Research.

What will you do with this information?

We will review each disclosed interest against the research studies in which you participate. When you open a new study, we will review your role in the study against your current studies. If we believe there may be a potential conflict of interest, we will contact you. You may provide a summary of the relationship and how it may or may not affect your research role. We will forward the summary with the interest disclosure and study information to the Conflict of Interest Committee.

When is an updated disclosure needed?

Disclosures must be renewed annually. Fairview Research Administration will email renewal reminders 2 months, 1 month and 2 weeks as needed before the annual renewal is due.

An updated disclosure is needed if you acquire a new business or financial interest, have travel reimbursed or paid for by a business entity, or if your institutional responsibilities change.

You do not need to submit an updated form when you start a new study as long as the new study does not cause a change in your institutional responsibilities. An example: you currently work as a cardiology research nurse, but are starting a new study in music therapy. A financial interest in a music production company was previously not relevant but may be now.