COVID-19 and Conflict of Interest Reviews

The Conflict of Interest Review Committee (CIRC) is holding virtual meetings so that required reviews can be conducted in accordance with State regulations, and Federal, UC and UCLA policies. Staff of the office of Research Policy and Compliance (RPC) are working remotely during the shelter-in-place orders. Emails and calls will be returned as promptly as possible.

Please note that the electronic Disclosure Gateway (eDGE) system is web based and can be accessed via the internet.

Forms 740 and supplements can be electronically signed and scanned.

While there is no relaxation of the California Fair Political Practices Commission requirement to collect originally signed (wet ink) signatures on the State 700U forms. UC attorneys have advised that during this time, campuses may use electronically signed and/or scanned copies to initiate reviews, as long as originals are collected later.

Special Conflict of Interest Review Process for COVID-19 Research Projects:
CIRC case materials related to research on COVID-19 will be reviewed on an expedited basis.

A Conflict of Interest (COI) refers to any situation in which an Investigator’s (researcher) financial interest(s) have the potential to bias a research project or cause harm to human subjects participating in a research project.

Conflict of Interest Review Committee (CIRC)

What is the Conflict of Interest Review Committee (CIRC)?

The Conflict of Interest Review Committee (CIRC) is a faculty peer review panel that is advisory to the Vice Chancellor for Research. The CIRC serves as the substantive independent review committee required under the State of California Political Reform Act, and as the “designated official(s)” required under federal policy/regulation on financial conflicts of interest related to research.

The CIRC is responsible for reviewing personal financial interests disclosed by UCLA researchers, making determinations about whether those outside financial interests constitute conflicts of interest, and making recommendations about how those conflicts of interest can be eliminated, reduced, or managed so that research support can be accepted and work can commence.


Research Policies and Guidance Documents

Conflict of Interest in Research: Policies & Procedures


For questions, contact COI@research.ucla.edu.


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