The Research Integrity and Compliance division of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies is pleased to announce iComply, a new web-based tool to streamline Utah State University’s disclosure process for conflicts of interest (COIs).
The tool, developed by RIC and a team of management information systems students, replaces the three-step paper-based process with a smart form that allows those without a conflict to complete the form quickly and easily.
Investigators who log onto the iComply system are provided with a screening form consisting of ten yes-or-no questions that identify the presence of potential conflicts. For each question answered “yes,” investigators are presented with a text box to submit further information regarding the nature of the conflict. The form can be completed in as few as ten minutes.
It is designed to support those who do have significant financial interests (SFIs) to work with their department heads and deans to formulate and finalize COI management plans online. Finalized management plans are reviewed and tracked by Utah State University’s COI Committee.
“New rules implemented by the Department of Health and Human Services drove us to find a more streamlined approach,” said Russ Price, RIC director. “iComply will really cut down on the administrative time required to process these forms.”
A tutorial is being developed to provide guidance on iComply’s use, and business managers will be trained to help faculty complete the process. Students and faculty can access the iComply tool by visiting https://icomply.usu.edu/ and logging on with their A-number and password.
-Seth Merrill, RGS Communications