What is a Conflict of Interest (CoI)?
A conflict of interest may exist when an employee's financial or other interests interfere, or appear to interfere, with the obligation to act in OHSU's best interest. Because the appearance of a conflict may be as damaging to the public trust as an actual conflict, potential conflicts must be disclosed, evaluated, and managed with the same thoroughness as actual conflicts. One example of a conflict of interest would be signing a contract for OHSU to do business with a company in which you own stock.
Who is required to report a CoI?
All employees of OHSU are responsible for reporting potential CoIs.
The following types of individuals need to complete the annual CoI disclosure in eCoI:
- Researchers (The principal investigator, co-investigator and other OHSU employees or volunteers, or any OHSU research collaborator, including visiting scientists, responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research or educational activities or responsible for preparing a proposal for research funding) Questions about specific requirements for collaborators or who meets the "researcher" definition? Click here.
- Clinicians ( OHSU employees who provide clinical care to patients and can prescribe medications or therapy, such as Licensed Independent Practitioners)
- All those in supervisory role at OHSU
- All those with fiscal authority
- Those serving on standing purchasing committees such as a Value Analysis Committee or the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
The eCoI disclosure system is role-based and presents the appropriate questions based upon your role(s) at OHSU.
What needs to be disclosed?
Click below to find the detailed requirementsOutside Activities
In addition to outside activities and financial conflicts, any other real or apparent CoIs must be disclosed to the employee's direct supervisor. This may be done through the eCoI system or by direct discussion with the supervisor. The supervisor should specify what, if anything, needs to be done to manage or eliminate the potential CoI.