Conflict of Interest (COI) in Research

FTM is dedicated to integrity in its academic and research and service activities. FTM promotes the highest ethical standards in situations where conflicts of interest may occur in the conduct of research and works to ensure that everyone in the faculty complies with all applicable conflict of interest regulatory requirements. Researchers and students are responsible for identifying and disclosing actual or potential conflicts covered by the Mahidol University Policy on Conflict of Interest. While Mahidol University and FTM encourage their faculty staff and students to participate in meaningful professional relationships with industrial and other private partners, such relationships with outside interests can create, or appear to create, conflicts of interest.

The Conflict of Interest policy applies to all researchers and students who propose, conduct or report research on behalf of the faculty, regardless of funding source. The policy applies to all sponsored projects including government and non-government funded projects, university funded projects, clinical trials.

The FTM Conflict of Interest policy follows the Mahidol University Policy on Conflict of Interest (available both in Thai and English). This policy is subservient to Thai laws and individual rights granted under the constitution of Thailand. It is intended that this policy be applied in conjunction with the values and codes of ethics issued by the National Research Council of Thailand and Mahidol University.

RIC Responsibilities

  1. To oversee and implement the FTM conflict of interest policy and procedures
  2. To provide guidance to and support the faculty research community regarding conflicts of interest and the related policies and systems
  3. To provide suggestion on how to resolve conflicts of interest
  4. To facilitate the activities of Mahidol University Appeal and Complaint Committee

Conflict of Interest (COI) in Research

Individual Conflict of Interest: Objectivity and the unbiased design, conduct and reporting of research can be protected through Conflict of Interest policies.

Conflict of interest or bias can occur in the peer-review process. An individual may interfere with the normal process for some type of personal gain. For example, bias can cause a reviewer to respond positively to a manuscript because it presents results favoring the reviewer’s own research or interests. Alternatively a reviewer may try to delay the publication of a competitor's manuscript in order to strengthen their own chances of publication or funding. Conflict of interest may also occur when a staff member’s responsibilities or research conflict with his/her business or personal interests. These may raise questions about the objectivity of their research and /or improper gains.

Institutional Conflict of Interest : Ensuring a university’s research serves the national and public interest and is guided solely by objective results of the scientific method can be helped through the development of an institutional conflict of interest policy.

An institutional conflict of interest policy covers situations in which the financial interests of a university may affect or appear to affect the research conducted under the auspices of the institution.

Managing Conflicts of Interest

Conflict of interest disclosures will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Mahidol University Appeal and Complaint Committee