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New Conflict of Interest Regulations Issued

To: Faculty and Staff

From: Dena Plemmons, Director, Division of Research Affairs

Re: Changes to Department of Health and Human Services/Public Health Service
Conflict of Interest Regulations


In the summer of 2011, new federal regulations regarding financial conflicts of interest were issued by the Department of Health and Human Services/Public Health Service. These changes will have an impact on institutions that apply for or receive research support from PHS agencies, most notably the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Division of Research Affairs, the SDSU Conflict of Interest Committee, and SDSU Research Foundation have been working together in the past several months to revise SDSU's conflict of interest policy and its financial interests disclosure forms. The new policy and forms will be available in August.

This communication is meant to provide you more information about the new federal regulations, which go into effect on August 24, 2012.

Here are the new regulations: and a set of FAQs re: the new regulations:

Briefly summarized, the major changes to the regulations include:

Here you'll find a table of the significant changes between the prior 1995 regulation and the new 2011 regulation:

For more information, visit this site:

If you have any immediate questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at or 4-5938.

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