Conflict of Interest Prevention and Management for CIHR Scientific Directors, Members of Governing Council and Advisory Bodies

Canadians expect a high level of integrity when it comes to the management of public funds. To maintain public trust and confidence in its decision-making, CIHR requires that Scientific Directors, Institute personnel, members of its Governing Council, the Institute Advisory Boards and other advisory bodies (collectively “CIHR members”) avoid conflicts of interest. Conflict of interest (COI) is a situation in which external interests of an individual, whether they are personal, professional or business, conflict with his or her public duties. CIHR members must avoid taking advantage of their position at CIHR to benefit themselves, or any individual, organization, or entity related to them.

To avoid a risk of being influenced by external interests in the exercise of their public duties, CIHR members must proactively declare circumstances which may lead to a conflict of interest, or even to its perception. Please consult CIHR Policy on Conflict of Interest Prevention and Management for Scientific Directors, Members of Governing Council and Advisory Bodies for the guiding principle and related requirements.

To make a declaration, please use Declaration of External Interests Form for Scientific Directors, Members of Governing Council and Advisory Bodies [ PDF (126 KB) ].

With the policies, procedures, awareness-raising and educational tools that are being put in place, CIHR promotes openness and collaboration in identifying and resolving conflicts of interest. As CIHR COI Officer, I am delegated by the President to be the responsible authority for COI matters, and as such, to interpret, implement and ensure compliance with this policy. Please direct all communications related to COI and this policy to the Office of the CIHR COI Officer at declaration@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

Please remember that by preventing and effectively managing COI situations, we instill confidence in the impartiality and integrity of CIHR’s decision-making, thereby protecting the reputation of CIHR and of CIHR members.

When in doubt about the existence of COI in your situation, it is always best to declare it!

Thérèse Roy
COI Officer
Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President
Resource Planning and Management.

Please note that CIHR Policy on Conflict of Interest Prevention and Management for Scientific Directors, Members of Governing Council and Advisory Bodies does not apply to CIHR employees or to participants in CIHR peer review process. CIHR employees and participants in peer review process are subject to separate policies related to COI:

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