COI Toolkit

Recommendations, tools, and resources for the conduct and management of financial relationships between academia and industry in biomedical research



Updates.Recent updates to the COI Toolkit

Addition to Tools for Societies: A review of conflicts of interest, competing interests, and bias for toxicologists, LD Claxton, Toxicology and Industrial Health, 2007 (free full text).


Links to Toolkit

Organizations are encouraged to link to the COI Toolkit from their websites.

Let us know when you do! The following organizations have done so:




George Washington University Medical Center

Illinois Institute of Technology 

Texas A&M University

University of Kentucky

University of Pittsburgh

University of Southern California

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

University of Virginia Health System

Virginia Commonwealth University

Wayne State University



The following societies and associations have distributed to the Toolkit via their website or their online newsletters:

American Association of Anatomists

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Society for Nutrition

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

The American Association of Immunologists

The American Physiological Society

The Protein Society


Welcome to the COI Toolkit


Academic-industry collaborations are a fundamental and beneficial part of modern biomedical science. However, the increase in number and complexity of these relationships has been accompanied by concerns about financial conflicts of interest (COI). This toolkit was developed to help the scientific community better navigate financial relationships between academia and industry. Guiding principles, recommendations, and practices were developed by a coalition of stakeholders (read more here). Maintaining the public trust and assuring the integrity of research is of the highest importance. More consistent policies and practices and better tools will serve to benefit the public and scientific community by fostering a healthy relationship between academia and industry.

Toolkit Components
  • Introduction About financial relationships between academia and industry in biomedical research, regulations and policies, and current activities
  • Guiding Principles Recommended principles for policy development and individual behavior
  • Tools Recommended practices and tools for implementation

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Fundingprovided by the Association of American Medical Colleges-Office of Research Integrity Responsible Conduct of Research Program for Academic Societies.



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