3.5 Conflict of interest

Definition of conflict of interest, and policy regarding declarations
  1. Conflict of interest’ includes any personal or family concern with the outcome of research, or any affiliation or involvement with any organisation sponsoring or providing financial support for a project, or any financial involvement in a project undertaken by a researcher. To be clear, financial involvement includes direct financial interest, provision of benefits (such as travel and accommodation) and provision of material or facilities.
  2. You must make full disclosure of any conflict of interest associated with or arising from your research to your Departmental Ethics Officer or a member of the approving Ethics Sub-Committee as soon as reasonably practicable and identify the nature of the conflict.
  3. You must comply with any instructions, requirements or directives from your Departmental Ethics Officer or a member of the approving Ethics Sub-Committee in relation to a conflict of interest in research.
  4. You must make full disclosure of any conflict of interest to any Research Ethics Committees or other approving bodies reviewing an application for ethics approval.
  5. The Financial Regulations provide guidance on acceptance of gifts and other financial matters.

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