Conflict of Interest
A conflict of interest is any circumstance that could result in perception of undue influence or coercion.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota must adhere to federal guidelines and Board of Regents policies requiring the disclosure of any potential conflicts of interest, including but not limited to financial, that could affect human research participant protection.
University faculty and staff are required to file a Report of External Professional Activities (REPA) at least once per year, or when:
- Substantial changes in business or financial interests occur
- Activity occurs that presents a potential conflict of interest is anticipated
- Submitting an application for research support or technology transfer
- Submitting a research protocol to the IRB
- Receiving financial contributions
As part of the informed consent process, potential research participants must be made aware of any interest the researcher has that may affect the decision to participate.