COI Policy revision project

Funding Arbiter page - update 8/1/20

Cochrane strives to minimize the impact of conflicts of interest in the conduct of Cochrane Reviews. Our current COI policy was last updated in 2014, so in 2018 the Governing Board asked the Editor in Chief to revise the policy. As background to the policy revision the COI Project Team undertook three separate pieces of work:

  1. a review of organizational COI policies and selective review of academic research;
  2. a survey of Cochrane community members; and
  3. a series of semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders and conflict of interest experts.

The findings from the interviews, survey and organizational policy review, together with expertise from the COI Project Board and knowledge of the cases that had been referred to the Funding Arbiters and Panel in the past, were used to generate a set of recommendations for change which were presented to Cochrane's Governing Board in Santiago, in October 2019. All recommendations were accepted by the Board and a new policy is currently being drafted.