12 Conflicts of Interest

Introduction

Members of the research staff are expected to apply the knowledge and expertise for which they were appointed in the interest of their institute, namely the AMC and the VUmc, respectively. They need to guard against conflicts of interest, as defined below. Lack of independence can result in substandard science, damage the reputation of the researcher and that of his/her research group, reduce transparency and diminish the institute’s standing, and ultimately even adversely affect patient care. The increasing need to acquire external funding and the significant interests that the funding bodies have in the research carried out at academic medical centres can jeopardize researchers’ independence. The AMC and the VUmc endorse the Code for the prevention of improper influence due to conflicts of interest. This chapter discusses the principles and procedures in situations where conflicts of interest might arise, specifically when collaborating with external parties and when working under external employment.

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