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Conflict of Interest

Managing Conflicts of Interests


The overview contains a brief review of the policies and procedures associated with the disclosure and management of conflicts of commitment and interest at Stanford University.  In addition this overview contains summaries of policies specific to the School of Medicine including the Stanford Industry Interactions Policy, the policy on Commercial Support of Continuing Medical Education, the policy on Clinical Care Conflicts of Interest, and the listing of faculty Industry Relationships on the Community Academic Profile (CAP) site. This page also includes information to help identify and mitigate potential conflicts.
















Links to Stanford University's policies on this subject, including the faculty policies on conflicts of commitment and interest and on consulting. 

Related documents dealing with staff and students are also provided.




CheckedBox Summary of Faculty Consulting policies


CheckedBox Requirements for Faculty Consulting Activities and Agreements [pdf]


Disclosure And Review Procedures

Faculty must disclosure on an annual basis all financial relationships that reasonably appear to be related to their institutional responsibilities. This is done through OPACS, our outside professional activities certification system. In addition, as faculty enter into changed or new financial relationships related to their institutional responsibilities they can access their OPACS disclosures to update previously reported activities or financial relationships, or to enter new activities. This is done through the SeRA (Stanford Electronic Research Administration) dashboard. Potential conflicts of interest can be triggered by transactions related to:

  • sponsored research
  • technology licensing arrangements
  • human subject and animal protocols
  • material transfer agreements and collaboration agreements
  • gifts

Each of these types of conflicts will require a transactional disclosure.



Management of conflicts of commitment and interest is vested in the offices of the School Deans at Stanford University. The Dean of Research is the University officer responsible for interpreting and overseeing implementation of and compliance with this policy.