CEDIS Conflict of Interest Policy

CEDIS Conflict of Interest Policy


CEDIS is committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and objectivity in all aspects of its research activities. This Conflict of Interest Policy is designed to identify, manage, and, where necessary, eliminate conflicts of interest that may compromise the integrity and credibility of the research conducted at CEDIS.


This policy applies to all individuals involved in research activities at CEDIS, including but not limited to researchers, staff, consultants, and collaborators.

Definition of Conflict of Interest:

A conflict of interest arises when an individual’s personal, financial, or other interests may compromise, or have the appearance of compromising, their objectivity, professional judgment, or the integrity of the research process.

Disclosure Requirements:

All individuals involved in research activities at CEDIS are required to promptly and fully disclose any potential conflicts of interest to the designated Conflict of Interest Officer. This disclosure should include:

  1. Financial interests, including but not limited to, stock ownership, consulting fees, honoraria, and intellectual property rights related to the research.
  2. Non-financial interests, such as personal relationships, that may influence or be perceived to influence the research.

Review and Management of Conflicts:

The Conflict of Interest Officer, in consultation with the Research Ethics Committee, will review disclosed conflicts of interest. The committee will determine the appropriate steps to manage, mitigate, or eliminate the conflicts, which may include:

  1. Adjustment of research design or methodology.
  2. Recusal of the conflicted individual from specific research activities.
  3. Public disclosure of the conflict in research publications.
  4. Termination of the conflicting interest, if feasible and appropriate.

Annual Certification:

All individuals covered by this policy are required to complete an annual conflict of interest certification, affirming that they have disclosed all potential conflicts of interest and that they understand and will comply with the terms of this policy.

Consequences of Non-Compliance:

Failure to disclose conflicts of interest or non-compliance with this policy may result in disciplinary action, including but not limited to, reprimand, suspension, or termination of employment or association with CEDIS.

Review and Revision:

This Conflict of Interest Policy will be reviewed periodically and revised as necessary to ensure its continued effectiveness and relevance.