Formal title: Docket Number [NIH-2010-0001] Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for Which Public Health Service Funding is Sought and Responsible Prospective Contractors
Proposal to modify current regulations
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has proposed to modify regulations that require public disclosure of external funds received by Public Health Service (PHS)-grant recipients. If finalized, educational institutions will be required to review and disclose funds received by their PHS-grant recipients who meet the following summarized criteria:
- Work with an outside entity (inclusive of not-for-profit organizations) whose charge is relevant to the grant recipient's university appointment.
- Receipt of $5,000 or more from the outside entity in honoraria, travel reimbursement, or salary during the twelve months preceding the disclosure deadline period, and
- Determination by the recipient's university that the receipt of such external funds should be reported to the public and the DHHS.
The AVMA applauds the DHHS's initiative to ensure transparency and the public disclosure of financial interests when university researchers receive funds from external sources/outside entities. We ask DHHS to consider, however, whether this regulatory change could create a disincentive for professionals (or their institutions) who in the course of their academic appointments are considering volunteer opportunities with not-for-profit scientific societies, such as the AVMA.
To continue being the leading scientific organization on animal health and welfare advocacy and education, we need veterinarians – including those in academia – who are willing to serve in a volunteer capacity within the AVMA.
Federal Register Notice
The AVMA responded on July 12, 2010.