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COIR Training and Disclosure

Federal regulations regarding financial conflict of interest disclosure have changed. Institutions receiving federal funds must have complied with the new regulations by August 24, 2012.

The new Conflict of Interest in Research (COIR) policy applies to all researchers who conduct research under Providence oversight, regardless of institution, source of funding or research role. In the new regulations there are new definitions of “Investigator,” including a relationship to institutional responsibilities related to a specific project. This includes the requirement to report travel reimbursed by an outside non-federal entity.

Download and Read the Providence FCOIR Policy

What is needed Now?

All Researchers and staff need to complete Conflict of Interest training prior to beginning new research projects, applying for new funding and grants or receiving new funding from federal sponsors. Please note this is in addition to the required Human Subjects Protection training that all investigators now take. Training should take approximately 45 minutes and is valid for four years.

There are four required modules:

  1. CITI Conflict of Interest Course-Introduction.
  2. Financial Conflicts of Interest: Overview, Investigator (Researchers) Responsibilities and COI Rules.
  3. Institutional Responsibilities as They Affect Investigators (Researchers).
  4. Conflicts of Commitment, Conscience, and Institutional Conflicts of Interest.

Training Instructions

These training modules are available through CITI. You can use your existing log-in or create an account, if you are new to CITI. Designate “IRB-Spokane” as the institutional affiliation during the registration process so we receive notice of your training completion.

To access the new COIR modules:

FCOIR Disclosure

Upon completion of the COIR training via the CITI Training website:

  • Send us your COIR training certificate.
  • Upon receipt of your certificate, we will notify the Providence Compliance office.
  • The Providence Compliance office will email you login instructions for the online Disclosure Survey.
  • Per federal regulations, all Investigators engaged in, or planning to be engaged in, sponsored research are required to complete this disclosure at least annually (every 365 days) and within 30 days of identifying or acquiring any new significant financial interests not previously reported.