Who must comply with the Financial Conflict of Interest regulations?

The Financial Conflict of Interest regulations impose requirements on Investigators applying for, and participating in, grants, cooperative agreements and research contracts funded by the US Public Health Service (“PHS”). There are also requirements applying to the institutions they work for.

The basic requirement of the regulations is that Investigators applying for PHS funding (which includes funding from PHS awarding components like the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) must disclose to their institution any Significant Financial Interests related to their institutional responsibilities and undertake ongoing training on the regulations and their institution’s Financial Conflict of Interest policy.

Institutions that receive PHS funding, including the University of Edinburgh, are required to maintain processes for ensuring compliance with the regulations.  These include processes for reviewing the Significant Financial Interests of their Investigators (and, in some cases, those of Investigators at subrecipient institutions), identifying those Interests that could directly and significantly affect the design, conduct or reporting of PHS-funded research, and managing those conflicting interests in line with the regulations.

The University of Edinburgh Financial Conflict of Interest Policy and Procedure set out the individual and institutional responsibilities to be fulfilled, as well as the processes to be followed, in order to comply with the regulations.

Go to the University of Edinburgh FCOI Policy and Procedure webpage 


To access staff guidance and compliance forms, please visit the University of Edinburgh Financial Conflict of Interest hub (University login required):  

University of Edinburgh Financial Conflict of Interest hub - staff access only