University of California, Riverside

UCR School of Medicine Compliance



Conflict of Interest


The Importance of Avoiding Conflicts of Interest

Because of the potential for abuse, having a financial interest that conflicts with the role you have within UC Riverside Health is of concern, even if you have good intentions, never exploit the conflict, and do not harm anyone.

UC Riverside employees are government employees. California has special conflict of interest laws and regulations affecting government employees. These laws include the Fair Political Practices Act, also known as the Political Reform Act of 1974. In addition, Federal law has special sections relating to health care conflicts of interest that result in more stringent standards than for most other businesses. This all adds up to a set of strict standards every one of us must follow.

As a matter of policy, UC Riverside Health discourages the existence of potential conflicts of interest. Such conflicts may make it difficult for an employee to discharge his or her work duties.  For additional information about UC Riverside Conflict of Interest policy, please visit the UCR Human Resources website.

AAMC Task Force on Financial Conflicts of Interest in Clinical Research

The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) formed a task force charged with assessing the currency and sufficiency of existing AAMC guidelines, and with formulating new principles and guidance as necessary to address both individual and institutional financial conflicts of interest in research involving human subjects: assessing the currency and sufficiency of existing AAMC guidelines, and with formulating new principles and guidance as necessary to address both individual and institutional financial conflicts of interest in research involving human subjects.

PhRMA Conflict of Interest Code

In 2010, following significant scandals involving physicians and the pharmaceutical industry, The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) adopted a voluntary PhRMA conflict of interest code.

AMA Conflict of Interest Code

The American Medical Association (AMA) has an extensive code of ethics. It includes several sections concerning conflicts of interest, including :

The AMA website also contains information on medical ethics, including guidance on gifts to physicians from industry, which can include educational programs with CME credit.

NIH Conflict of Interest website

The National Institutes of Health website contains links and information on conflicts of interest, including a report on the strengths and weaknesses of institutional policies.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

UCR School of Medicine Compliance
900 University Avenue
SOM Education Building
Riverside, CA 92521

Tel: (951) 827-3257
Fax: (951) 263-7271
E-mail: paul.hackman@ucr.edu

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