Policy ForumSCIENCE AND GOVERNMENT

Disclosure in Regulatory Science

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Science  19 Dec 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5653, pp. 2073
DOI: 10.1126/science.1093718

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The leading biomedical journals have established policies that attempt to ensure their published articles are transparent to commercial bias. Federal regulatory agencies, charged with protecting the public's health and environment, have no similar conflict-of-interest requirements. The authors of this Policy Forum urge that private parties who submit scientific studies for consideration by government agencies should be required to disclose conflicts of interest that might bias their work. They should also be required to disclose whether the data were produced by scientists who had the contractual right to publish their findings without influence and without obtaining consent of the sponsor.