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Financial Conflict of Interest: Research

PHSA and its branch agency, BC Cancer Agency (BCCA),  have a duty to act on behalf of our patients and the general public to ensure that a culture of accountability is fostered.

PHSA’s Research Conflict of Interest Policy describes this commitment and the procedures put in place to manage conflicts of interest in research.

For the policy and more about declaring a conflict of interest, see the page on our Research Administration & Services site.  

As a direct recipient of funds from US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) granting agencies, BCCA and PHSA have the obligation to ensure that investigators on these projects comply with the regulation on Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which PHS Funding is Sought and Responsible Prospective Contractors (42 C.F.R. Part 50, Subpart F, 45 C.F.R. Part 94). Included in these regulations is the requirement that PHSA and BCCA make available within five (5) business days upon receipt of a valid request, information concerning identified Financial Conflicts of Interest (FCOI) for senior/key personnel.

This disclosure will only apply when all of the following criteria are met:

  • The individual for whom the information is sought is a senior/key investigator on a DHHS-funded research project identified by PHSA/BCCA in the grant application, progress report, or any other report filed with the DHHS funding agency.
  • The FCOI has been identified as related to the DHHS-funded research.

When PHSA/BCCA receives a complete and valid request that meets the above criteria, we will only provide requested information, limited to that outlined below:

  • investigator’s name
  • investigator’s title and role with respect to the research project
  • name of the entity in which the FCOI is held
  • nature of the FCOI
  • approximate dollar value of the FCOI (dollar ranges are: $0-4,999; $5,000-$9,999; $10,000-$19,999; amounts between $20,000-$100,000 by increments of $20,000; amounts above $100,000 by increments of $50,000) or a statement that the interest is one whose value cannot be readily determined through reference to public prices or other reasonable measures of fair market value.

PHSA/BCCA will only make available information for BCCA key/senior Investigators for which BCCA is a direct recipient or sub-recipient. Requests related to funds held and managed by affiliated universities will need to be directed to the appropriate university office. Only FCOI information related to DHHS funding agencies will be released. 

Submitting a request

Here are the instructions for submitting a request for DHHS FCOI information.

  1. Ensure that the request meets the criteria outlined above
  2. Provide the following:

    • your name (first, last)
    • phone number
    • email address and/or mailing address (indicate if you prefer to be contacted by email or mail)
    • the specific information you are requesting, including the investigator’s name (first, last) about whom you are inquiring

The title of the email and/or letter should be “Public Request for Information regarding NAME OF INVESTIGATOR on NIH Award”.

Send the above information via email to BCCACOI@phsa.ca or by mail to:

Attention Public Request for Information regarding NAME OF INVESTIGATOR ON NIH Award
Technology Development Office 
BC Cancer Agency
675 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L3
Canada

Note: in instances where parties are away from the office, and unable to address the email request within a timely manner, an out-of-office email response will be sent to indicate that you should contactTDOadmin@phsa.ca

PHSA/BCCA will respond to the email address or mail address provided. Responses will be sent (by email or mail, as specified) within five business days of receipt of a valid, complete request.

Note: Requests sent to other PHSA or BCCA locations/offices will not be entertained.

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