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COIOC Management

The COIOC advises the Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) on the seriousness of the potential conflict and, when necessary, whether and how the conflict can be managed. Sometimes the COIOC recommends that certain actions be taken to manage the conflict of interest in order to preserve objectivity in the design, conduct or reporting of research.

Options Used Based on the Level of Risk

  • Level 1
    • Normal process of disclosure at time of application and project completion, annually or as new reportable interests occur.
  • Level 2
    • Normal process of disclosure.
    • Annual supplemental reporting to the COIOC by the individual who has the conflict.
  • Level 3
    • Normal process of disclosure
    • Appointment of a third party to investigate and periodically report to the COIOC and VCR.
    • Public disclosure in publications and presentations of interest in a sponsoring or related entity.
  • Level 4
    • Normal process of disclosure.
    • Appointment of ad hoc committee to investigate and report periodically to the COIOC and VCR.
    • Public disclosure in publications and presentations of interest in a sponsoring or related entity.

Management actions may also include, but are not limited to:

  • Public disclosure of financial interests in publications and presentations;
  • Appointing an alternative Principal Investigator;
  • Change of personnel or personnel responsibilities;
  • Reduction or elimination of the financial interest.

FCOI Disclosures in Publications

In order to better deal with Financial Conflict of Interests (FCOIs), the Conflict of Interest Oversight Committee (COIOC) of UC Irvine requires disclosure of FCOIs in publications and presentations as part of the management plans for FCOIs. The disclosing individual will be required, as part of the COIOC management plan, to embed a financial interest disclosure in the text of the publication, either in the footnotes or in the acknowledgement section, whether or not such disclosure is or is not also required by the journal. Similarly, the COIOC will also require researchers to include a slide concerning the disclosure in all presentations of their research.

For examples of disclosures in publications, visit Disclosure in Publications.

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