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Conflict of Interest Office

All RUSH employees, faculty and staff are expected to conduct their affairs in ways that exemplify the RUSH mission and ICARE values. Identifying relationships that are conflicts of interest (COI), perceived or actual, helps safeguard the work and reputations of RUSH employees, faculty and staff and underscores excellence in what we do.  The COI Office is located within Corporate Compliance to support and maintain a comprehensive COI program.

For additional information about the COI Program at Rush, please visit the COI Program Website:


COI Related Rush Policies

RUSH requires its employees; faculty, clinician/physicians, researchers, and in some cases, vendors and contractors whom it does business with, to follow policies and procedures related to conflicts of interest. The following are COI related policies:

  • Conflicts of Interest and Commitment (includes Vendor Guidelines)
  • External Relationships and Financial Conflicts of Interest in Research
  • Disclosure and Management of Conflicts of Interest by IRB members
  • Drug Samples
  • Intellectual Property Policy
  • IRB Member Conflict of Interest Disclosure Agreement
  • Prevention of Conflicts in Assessment and Promotion (Rush Medical College)
  • Procurement of non-Capital Goods and Services

All of these policies are located in full and can be accessed, downloaded, and/or printed from PolicyTech.

Federal Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Training for Federally Funded Researchers

A Rush specific tutorial has been created that covers Rush policy on Conflict of Interest (COI) and federal requirements on FCOI at 42 CFR Part 50 Subpart F, Promoting Objectivity in Research. This training is now offered through the Rush Learning Hub, effective January 2021.

Click the link below to access the FCOI module within the Rush Learning Hub. Once accessed, click “Register” and then “Launch”. The video will be available for you to view.

FCOI-Promoting Objectivity

Researchers may also filter by course name in the Course Library at

It is important to store your training completion date for future reference and to provide proof of completion to the Rush Sponsored Program Administration (SPA) Office and COI Office.

Annual Conflict of Interest Disclosures

Study staff & Key Personnel are required to make annual financial disclosures via the RRP by completing the Annual COI Survey and disclosing ALL outside professional activities. See Annual COI Tip Sheet or watch a short video tutorial for guidance on how to complete and submit your annual COI disclosure.

Protocol Specific Conflict of Interest (PSCOI) Disclosures

Key Personnel are required to make a Protocol Specific Conflict of Interest (PSCOI) disclosure via RRP in the study’s Master Project (MP) at the creation of the MP to capture those activities that are related to the specific MP. Researchers will submit a PSCOI for every MP in which they are considered key personnel. See PSCOI Tip Sheet for guidance on how to complete and submit your PSCOI disclosure.


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