The University of Maryland Baltimore ("UMB") adopts this Policy to promote objectivity in PHS-Funded Research by establishing standards that provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, and reporting of such PHS-Funded Research are free from bias resulting from Investigators’ Financial Conflicts of Interest. UMB adopts this Policy as required to implement and to comply with U.S. Public Health Service (“PHS”) regulations promoting objectivity in research.
The COI Officer is designated as UMB’s institutional official to solicit and review disclosures of Significant Financial Interests from each Investigator who is planning to participate in, or is participating in, PHS-Funded Research. The COI Officer shall coordinate such efforts with UMB’s Sponsored Research Programs Administration in the Office of Research and Development.
Whenever a Management Plan is implemented, the Investigator’s department chair (or Dean or designee, if the Investigator’s school does not have departments) shall be responsible: (a) to monitor and to take reasonable steps to ensure Investigator compliance with the Management Plan on an ongoing basis until the completion of the PHS-Funded Research project; and (b) to report to the COI Officer any non-compliance with the Management Plan.
Questions regarding this Policy and its application should be directed to the Research Integrity Office in the Office of Academic Affairs.
Effective August 24, 2012