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Foreign Influence Threats Prompt Changes to NIH Conflict Rules (1)

Dec. 17, 2020, 9:38 PM; Updated: Dec. 21, 2020, 4:54 PM

Biomedical researchers would have to disclose foreign collaborations and other non-monetary relationships under a forthcoming change to the NIH’s conflicts of interest policy.

The National Institutes of Health told a federal watchdog group it will update its regulations, policies, and procedures to incorporate nonfinancial conflicts, according to a report released Thursday. The move is designed to curb undue foreign influence, which was one of the biggest issues facing the agency before the pandemic.

If implemented, it would mark the biggest changes to the conflict-of-interest policy in about a decade. The NIH tightened its rules in 2011, focusing on financial conflicts. ...

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