Conflicts of Interest Best Practices

AMC Conflict of Interest Policy Tool Kits 

The following best practices recommendations reflect the ongoing study of conflict of interest by Columbia University's Center on Medicine as a Profession. The research team is conducting intensive case studies of healthcare organizations with innovative and effective policies for controlling conflicts of interest. Findings and recommendations on COI will be regularly incorporated as new policies become available.

These materials were also made possible by a grant from the state Attorney General Consumer and Prescriber Education Grant Program which is funded by the multi-state settlement of consumer fraud claims regarding the marketing of the prescription drug Neurontin.


 Resources for the media/general public

User-friendly Policy Guide


 Resources for the Academic Medical Community

Exemplary Policy Guide
Keys to Success
Simple Policy Guide

Best practices conflict of interest guidelines are available for the following individual areas:

Gifts and Meals
All Policy Areas

Vendor Relations
All Policy Areas

Travel and Scholarships
All Policy Areas

Speakers' Bureaus
All Policy Areas

All Policy Areas

Pharmacy and Therapeutics
All Policy Areas

Continuing Medical Education
All Policy Areas

All Policy Areas

Consulting and Honoraria
All Policy Areas

All Policy Areas

To download all of the above charts in one document, click here.

For more information, contact Susan Chimonas, PhD, at

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Conflict of Interest Resources

• What is COI and how does it affect modern medicine? Read our definition of conflict of interest.
• How are organizations dealing with COI? Search our conflict of interest policy database.
• What are the best ways to limit COI? Read our Best Practices Toolkits.