Institutions that apply for or receive Public Health Service (PHS) funding must adhere to Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) regulations. The regulations were revised in August 2011, with the requirement that PHS funded researchers must adhere to the new regulations beginning August 24, 2012.

The main changes to the previous FCOI regulations are focused on:

  • Lower financial disclosure thresholds
  • New Conflict of Interest Training
  • Increased transparency for travel reimbursement
  • New Public Accessibility requirements

PHS funded researchers must complete FCOI training by August 24, 2012. An online training module is available through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) at https://www.citiprogram.org/ and includes the following modules:

  • Module 1 - Financial Conflicts of Interest: Overview, Investigator Responsibilities, and COI Rules
  • Module 2 - Institutional Responsibilities as They Affect Investigators

To complete this mini-course, please follow these instructions:

  • Log into https://www.citiprogram.org/
  • For new users, select "Register Here"
    • In section 1 "Select your institution or organization," select Northeastern University from the drop down menu
    • Complete the remaining questions, and select "submit" to register
    • Select "Add a course or update your learner groups for Northeastern University"
    • Select "Yes" on Question 2 "Would you like to take the Conflict of Interest mini-course?"
    • Complete the course as directed
  • For existing users of CITI, sign into your existing Northeastern University affiliated account (if your account is not affiliated with Northeastern University, change the affiliation, and continue)
    • Select "Add a course or update your learner groups for Northeastern University"
    • Select "Yes" on Question 2 "Would you like to take the Conflict of Interest mini-course?"
    • Completed the course as directed

For information on the NIH notice of implementation, see the NIH website (includes extensive FAQ's).

For questions regarding the new regulations and implementation thereof, contact Stacy-Ann Christian at Sa.Christian@neu.edu.