Conflict of Interest Review Board (CIRB)
What is the CIRB?
The CIRB is the office at UAB that provides oversight for managing conflicts of interest.
What is the purpose of the CIRB?
The mission of the Conflict of Interest Review Board is to maintain public trust in the research and sponsored programs of the University, by ensuring that these programs are objective and not influenced by financial conflicts of interest.
What does the CIRB do?
- Determines whether there is conflict of interest or no conflict
- Determines what actions should be taken if there is conflict of interest
- Withholds funding when conflicts are found
- Creates a management plan
- Monitors for compliance
What is disclosed to the CIRB?
- Any payments
- Any equity interests
- Any proprietary interest in the study agent (FDA*)
- An investigator’s personal financial interests
Who must disclose to the CIRB?
Each investigator must disclose in writing any potential or actual conflict of interest.
"Investigator" means any person who is responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of extramurally funded research or educational activity. The term includes principal investigators, project directors, co-principal investigators, co-project directors, and other faculty investigators and faculty project personnel. The term also may include staff, trainees, students, administrators, and other collaborators who have such responsibilities.
What are some important things to remember about conflicts of interest?
- Not every financial interest represents a conflict.
- Conflicts come in small, medium, and large sizes, as do management strategies.
- Conflicts are not just about personal ethics.
- Make required disclosures.
- When in doubt, ask for advice.
- If you feel the integrity of the project has been compromised, contact your advisor.