National Institutes of Health-funded researchers will face more rigorous rules for reporting potential conflicts of interest beginning in August 2012, as a result of the US Department of Health and Human Service's recently issued final rule on the subject.

While HHS has maintained the general framework of its 1995 conflict-of-interest regulations, notable changes reflect its commitment to providing "greater transparency and accountability," NIH's Sally Rockey noted at her Office of Extramural Research blog.

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