The launch of the MyDisclosures pilot has been paused in light of the national and local efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The University of Pittsburgh and the UPMC deadlines for routine annual filing of conflict of interest disclosures have accordingly been deferred from the customary April 15 to a date to be determined. 2019 COI disclosures will continue to be accepted until MyDisclosures is activated, and a new disclosure deadline is established. If you discover or acquire a new interest, activity or relationship, you must update your disclosure within 30 days. For the present, do so by updating your 2019 disclosure using the old COI SuperForm system.
Supervisors should instruct newly hired personnel who have not yet submitted a conflict disclosure form to complete a new COI SuperForm if the individual meets any of the following criteria:
- Full-time faculty;
- Part-time faculty, staff, students, visitors, volunteers, fellows, trainees and interns who are engaged in University research;
- Individuals whose position is classified as Administrator IV or above; or
- Individuals who are in a position to make, direct or materially influence University business decisions
The University of Pittsburgh’s deadline for filing routine annual conflict of interest disclosures has been deferred from the customary April 15th deadline to a date to be determined.
In 2018, after a comprehensive shared governance and stakeholder engagement process, the University of Pittsburgh updated its policy on Conflict of Interest for Research. This update addresses current federal guidance and provides a simple yet comprehensive framework for the University to identify and manage potential conflicts.
To simplify and modernize reporting and review of disclosures, Pitt and UPMC have now worked together to develop an online joint disclosure system called MyDisclosures. This system will launch on a pilot basis this term.
MyDisclosures is a seamless, easy-to-use platform that conforms with Pitt’s Conflict of Interest Policy for Research, federal funding requirements, UPMC policies (for UPMC disclosers), and other Pitt conflict of interest policies. The platform was developed with guidance and input from an Advisory Committee on Conflict of Interest Disclosure including colleagues from UPMC and has undergone extensive testing by faculty and staff. Some of the features cited as most helpful include:
- Paperless: This paperless system automatically routes to supervisors.
- Customized Questions: Only asks questions relevant to individual roles and responsibilities.
- Integrated System: Full integration between Pitt and UPMC disclosures, providing “one-stop entry.”
- Improved Help Facilities: Informational boxes explain terms and offer examples of what does – and does not - need disclosure. A Help Desk will be available and online FAQs cover many common topics, including who should complete the form.
Disclosers and supervisors can learn the basics of MyDisclosures by viewing this presentation.
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is not participating in the 2020 pilot of MyDisclosures. The pause in rollout of MyDisclosures has led to a pause in the rollout of annual disclosures. The deadline for filing conflict of interest disclosures has been deferred from the customary April 15th to a date to be determined. This deferral will apply to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.