Office of Research Assurances

Conflict of Interest (COI)

New PHS COI Requirements


In response to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Responsibility of Applications for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which Public Health Service (PHS) Funding is Sought and Responsible Prospective Contractors Final Rule, WSU has revised Executive Policy #27, Ethics, Conflict of Interest, and Technology Transfer.

The intent of the revised HHS regulation is to increase accountability, add transparency, enhance regulatory compliance and effective Institutional management of Investigators' financial conflicts of interest, and strengthen HHS's compliance oversight. The primary goal is to promote objectivity by establishing standards that provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, and reporting of research funded under HHS grants, cooperative agreements and contracts will be free from bias resulting from Investigator financial conflicts of interest.

PHS Sponsors:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Indian Health Services (HIS)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Non PHS Sponsors (Adopted PHS FCOI Regulations):

  • Alliance for Lupus Research
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • American Lung Association
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP)
  • California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP)
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Lupus Foundation of America
  • Susan G. Komen Foundation

Office of Research Assurances, P.O. Box 643005, Albrook rm 205, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-3005
Phone: 509-335-0039, Fax: 509-335-6410 or.ora.coi@wsu.eduu