Attempts to Redefine Conflicts of Interest

Accountability in Research: Policies in Quality Assurance, December 2017

Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 17-18

16 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2017 Last revised: 13 Dec 2017

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Marc A. Rodwin

Suffolk University Law School; Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

The traditional legal concept of conflict of interest is a practical tool to regulate conduct. In recent years several medical authors have defined conflicts of interest in ways that stray from its original legal meaning. The new definitions cause conceptual confusion and will result in policies that cannot be implemented effectively. We should not follow recent attempts to redefine conflicts of interest because doing so deviates from the legal concept and will lead to deregulation of financial conflicts and overregulation of so-called intellectual conflicts.

Suggested Citation

Rodwin, Marc A., Attempts to Redefine Conflicts of Interest (2017). Accountability in Research: Policies in Quality Assurance, December 2017; Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 17-18. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3084307

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