Subject: Conflict of Interest: Identification and Management of Conflicts for PHS/NSF Sponsored Activities
Effective October 1, 1995 all proposals and renewal applications being submitted to the Public Health Service (PHS) (including all its institutes) or the National Science Foundation (NSF) are required to include a certification by UMGC authorizing officials that UMGC has implemented and is enforcing a written policy on conflicts of interest. In addition to existing University of Maryland System and UMGC policies on professional commitment of faculty, outside consultancy, and conflict of interest, the following policy and procedures apply to actual or potential conflicts of interest arising from activities sponsored by PHS and NSF. These federal agencies have promulgated regulations which require:
Information submitted by investigators with respect to reportable, significant financial interests and/or identified conflicts of interest shall be treated as personal information under the Maryland Access to Public Records Law, and shall be disclosed by UMGC only as permitted by State law or otherwise required by law or court order. This limitation shall not apply to information which is required to be disclosed as part of the steps to manage a potential or actual conflict of interest.