Conflicts of Interest in Research
LSUHSC-NO encourages faculty, staff, students, house officers, and other employees to participate in meaningful professional relationships with industry, government, and private entities. These relationships are established for mutually beneficial reasons and many times produce knowledge and intellectual property that will help the community at large. However, these relationships may create financial or non-financial interests that have the potential to create a bias in decisions.
Chancellor’s Memorandum #35 (CM-35) Updated 2/26/2018 - The "Conflicts of Interest (COI) in Research" policy seeks to maintain a reasonable balance between competing interests, gives LSUHSC-NO the ability to identify and manage financial and non-financial interests, and minimizes the reporting and other burdens on investigators. This policy meets the federal regulations governing the disclosure and reporting of financial conflicts of interest (FCOI).
This Policy applies to and requires compliance by all LSUHSC-NO administrators, faculty members (including parttime, gratis, and visiting faculty), students (including post-doctoral fellows), house officers, staff and other employees, as well as immediate family members of these persons, who propose, conduct, report, or approve of the results of research, regardless of funding source.
Non-LSUHSC-NO personnel participating in LSUHSC-NO research must also follow this policy unless they are affiliated with an institution listed on the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) website. The FDP website lists institutions whose authorized official have certified that they are compliant with the PHS FCOI rules and regulations.
COI Risk Manager
COI Risk Manager is the COI disclosure software for LSUHSC-NO.
Link for LSUHSC-NO Personnel: https://lsu.coiriskmanager.com/
- LSUHSC-NO personnel will be logged in automatically if they have an active account in the COI Risk Manager system.
- If you are not logged in automatically AND you received an email notification from the COI Office, please contact the COI Office at COIOffice@lsuhsc.edu.
- If you have not been notified by the COI Office, there is nothing you need to do at this time. The COI Office will inform you if you need to complete a COI disclosure form.
Link for Non-LSUHSC-NO Personnel: https://lsu.coiriskmanager.com/login.aspx
- Non-LSUHSC-NO personnel should use their assigned username and password to access the COI Risk Manager system.
- If you forgot your username and password, please contact the COI Office at COIOffice@lsuhsc.edu.
COI Team Member Form
The COI Team Member Form must be submitted with projects (see list below for details) that are routed to the Office of Research Services. Each person identified on the COI Team Member Form must have a current electronic COI form on file in the COI Risk Manager system or must complete an electronic COI form in the COI Risk Manager system. Electronic COI forms must be completed annually and updated within 30 days of discovering or acquiring any new or previously undisclosed actual or potential COI.
Anyone (including non-LSUHSC-NO personnel) who will propose, conduct, report, or approve of the results of research must be listed on the COI Team Member Form.
A COI team member form must be submitted with the following projects that are routed to the Office of Research Services. Please note that some IRB submissions no longer require a COI team member form (contact the IRB Office regarding this).
- New Grant Applications
- Renewal Grant Applications
- Supplemental Grant Applications
- New Contracts
- New Subcontracts
- Progress Reports
- Just In Time (JIT) Information (when sponsor has scored application in possibly fundable range - for NIH, a score of 25 or less)
- Contract/Subcontract Amendments
- IRB Applications and Re-approvals
- IACUC Applications and Renewals
- IBC Applications and Renewals
- Change in Personnel
COI in Research Training
COI in Research training is completed in KDS and is required every four years and immediately when any of the following circumstances apply: (i) LSUHSC-NO revises this Policy to substantially change the requirements of Investigators; or (ii) an Investigator is new to LSUHSC-NO; or (iii) an Investigator is in noncompliance with this Policy or with a COI management plan.
- COI in Research training is required for anyone who is involved in LSUHSC-NO research. Non-LSUHSC-NO personnel must also complete the training if their institution is not listed on the FDP website.
Non-LSUHSC-NO personnel need to be assigned an LSU logon ID to complete the required training in KDS. PI's should contact their business manager and ask him/her to add the non-LSUHSC-NO person to their research collaborators affiliation. If a research collaborators affiliation does not already exist for the department, the business manager should submit a request to Information Security to create a new external affiliation for their department. The business manager should refer to this document when requesting a new external affiliation: https://intranet.lsuhsc.edu/it/security/docs/lsuhsc_extaffreq.pdf
To Complete COI in Research Training:
- If you are ON Campus, click on the link below and enter your Username (LSU logon ID) and Password: https://intranet.lsuhsc.edu/ctms/kds/home/ .
- If you are OFF campus, go to LSU’s Remote Access Portal at https://remote.lsuhsc.edu/ > Enter your logon credentials and select ‘Web Connect’ from the dropdown menu and Click ‘Sign on’> Select the ‘Knowledge Delivery System (KDS)’ link listed under your ‘Web Bookmarks.’
- If you run into any issues with the training system, please contact Kelly Guth, Compliance Educator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-331-5054.
What Happens Once COI Forms Are Submitted?
Once an electronic COI form has been submitted to the Office of Research Services, it will undergo an initial review. If necessary, it will be reviewed by the COI Committee. The COI Committee will determine whether there is a conflict and whether a COI management plan must be implemented. If a COI management plan is necessary, the COI Committee will draft a plan which will be sent to the investigator for review and signature, before being signed by the appropriate institutional officials. For projects that require IRB approval, the mangement plan must also be approved by the IRB.
- NIH Conflict of Interest Policies - NIH and federal policies on reporting Conflicts of Interest
- Responsible Conduct in Research – Conflicts of Interest - General information on Conflict of Interest available from the Office of Research Integrity
- List of all Public Health Service Agencies: https://research.gwu.edu/list-phs-funded-agencies
- Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Website: http://thefdp.org/default/fcoi-clearinghouse/compliant-entities/