Office of Research Compliance News

National Institutes of Health finalized financial conflict of interest rules

Posted: October 10, 2011

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) finalized financial conflict of interest (COI) rules on August 25, 2011 that contain a number of new requirements for researchers and research staff working on federally-funded projects.  These new rules will go into effect on August 24, 2012.

The major changes from the current federal COI rules include:

  • A change in the de minimis threshold that the federal government considers to be a “significant” personal financial interest from $10,000 under the old rule to $5,000 under the new rule;
  • A requirement for disclosure of ALL reimbursed travel by researchers and research staff that is not sponsored by a federal agency, state or local government, or a U.S. academic teaching hospital or university-affiliated research institution;
  • A requirement that each researcher and research staff member complete formal COI training prior to engaging in PHS-funded research and re-training every four years; and
  • A requirement that the university make certain COI information is publicly accessible, either by website or written response to requests.

For more detailed information on the new NIH rules, please see the summary of changes at

The Ohio State University’s existing COI disclosure process will continue to follow the current federal regulations; however, the institution will transition to a new COI reporting process next spring or early summer in order to comply with the new federal regulations.  Detailed information will be provided about changes to the University process as they are developed.  For additional specific information on how the rules may impact your research, please e-mail or call (614)292-0057.

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