The final rule on researchers' disclosure of financial conflicts of interest, issued August 23 by National Institutes of Health (NIH), has displeased some who called for greater transparency.
Over the past several years, Sen Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa) has been investigating university and researcher disclosure of outside financial interests while conducting studies using federal grant money. Grassley had called for the final NIH rule to include a requirement that universities disclose financial ties between their researchers and industry on publicly accessible Web sites. Instead, the NIH will allow institutions to either post financial conflicts of interest on a public-access Web site or send such information to individuals who ask for it in writing.
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