Federal guidelines require the IRB to assure there are no conflicts of interest in research projects that could affect human subject participation and protection. (see 21 CFR 54.1; 21 CFR 54.2; 21 CFR 54.4; 21 CFR 312.64(d); 21 CFR 812.110(d))
Researchers are required by the university and IRB policy to disclose any potential conflicts involved in the conduct of their research with human subjects.
For a researcher, conflict of interest is not only when financial interests are involved, but also when other situations such as using undue influence or coercion in order to help or assist in his/her research would constitute a potential conflict of interest.
If a researcher wishes to recruit a participant who may be an employee, coworker, family member or a student or any other relationship, then the researcher has to prove that there is no conflict of interest. Because it will create problems or appearance of conflict of interest, the researcher must try to avoid recruiting these groups as research subjects.
The Clayton State University IRB is committed to the expectations that a researcher has to fulfill the public's trust in the research by putting the welfare of research participants ahead of the interests of the researcher's personal or financial interests. Any interest that may conflict with the rights or welfare of research participants must be disclosed to the IRB. The IRB will determine whether a conflict exists and will manage the conflict in accordance with the best interests of research subjects.
If a researcher or principle investigator receives any compensation or a consulting income from an organization that funds his/her research, the researcher should inform the IRB. Also, if a close friend or family member of the researcher or principle investigator is employed for the research project, the researcher should inform the IRB. In addition, the studies funded or sponsored by National Science Foundation, Public Health Service or other federal agencies should follow both federal guidelines as well CSU IRB policy guidelines. The researcher or principle investigator should declare if there is any financial interest in the outcome of the research study. The IRB may take appropriate measures in order to protect the rights and/or welfare of the participants in the research.