Conflicts of Interest (COI)

COI courses cover the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) regulations on financial conflicts of interest and an investigator's responsibilities related to the disclosure of "Significant Financial Interests.”

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About these Courses

The COI Basic course is designed to satisfy training requirements associated with the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) regulations on financial conflicts of interest. There is also a COI Refresher course that offers retraining on key concepts and rules relating to these regulations. These courses are intended for investigators who receive funding from a PHS agency, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), or who are required by their organization to be familiar with the PHS financial conflicts of interest regulations.

Organizations may want to customize these courses with institutional-specific details. Contact us to discuss organization-specific modules for the basic and refresher courses.

These courses were written and peer-reviewed by experts.

Language Availability: English

Suggested Audiences: Investigators Involved in PHS-Funded Research, Investigators Needing a Familiarity with PHS FCOI Regulations, Research Assistants

Basic Courses

Conflicts of Interest (COI) Basic


This course provides foundational training on the PHS regulations associated with financial conflicts of interests.

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Refresher Courses

Conflicts of Interest (COI) Refresher


This course is intended as a refresher for learners who have already completed the COI Basic course.

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Who should consider taking COI training?

COI is designed to cover the U.S. Public Health Services (PHS) regulations on financial conflict of interest (FCOI).  The course is primarily tailored to investigators who receive funding from a PHS agency or who are required by their organization to be familiar with the PHS FCOI regulations.

Does it satisfy the FCOI training mandate put forward by NIH?

CITI Program COI training provides comprehensive coverage on the PHS FCOI regulations. Yet, the determination on whether a particular type training, such as COI, is sufficient for the NIH should be made internally by the organization.

It is important to note that NIH requires organizations to educate investigators about their own COI policies. CITI Program has a process for creating organization-specific content for their learners.

What is the process for creating organization-specific content?

You can contact us for details on our customization options.

When should someone consider taking the COI Refresher course?

There is no uniform standard regarding how frequently COI training should occur. However, with regard to the PHS FCOI regulations, investigators “must complete training prior to engaging in NIH-funded research and at least every four years, and immediately under the designated circumstances.”

Does CITI Program have other COI content in addition to courses covering PHS FCOI regulations?

COI content is also offered in Human Subjects Research (HSR) and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). COI content in HSR may be more suitable for researchers who work with human subjects but are not necessarily subject to training requirements contained within the PHS regulations. COI content in RCR may be more suitable for beginning researchers and those who are not subject to the PHS regulations.