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View the 6/16/16 IRB Brown Bag presentation: Impacts of expanded COI policy & new COI system on IRB-related submissions & processes


Please verify and (update if needed) "COI" approvers for staff in FASIS by January 21st!

In preparation for the upcoming annual disclosure process, it is imperative that all staff COI approvers listed in FASIS for employees are accurate, and that any changes/updates are made in FASIS by January 21st. If, upon review, the staff COI approvers listed in FASIS are correct, no action is needed.
The annual staff COI disclosure covering calendar year 2015 will open on February 15th in eDisclosure, Northwestern’s new COI system. eDisclosure will replace FASIS for annual COI surveys. Although Northwestern is utilizing a new system for the COI disclosure and review process, the source of record for staff and staff approver information will remain FASIS; therefore, ensuring staff approvers are correctly entered into FASIS is critical.  The COI Approver is maintained on the “Reports To” page in FASIS. Please follow the instructions below to verify your staff’s COI approver by January 21st
How to Update COI Approver in FASIS: click here
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Northwestern Conflict of Interest Office at or 847.467.4515.
For technical questions or issues regarding the FASIS “Reports To” page, please contact the FASIS Help Desk at 847.467.4800 or

Annual Staff Conflict of Interest (COI) Approval Deadline Approaching April 15th!

Please review and approve your staff member's COI disclosures in the FASIS Self-Service Portal.

Quick steps for approving staff COI disclosures and the  COI Approver Tutorial contain instructions, system screenshots, and additional guidance.

Note: If you registered for FASIS Multi-Factor Authentication, your smartphone (or NU phone) is needed to verify your identity when accessing the FASIS Self-Service Portal.


2015 Annual Conflict of Interest (COI) Disclosure now open in FASIS! The annual disclosure is now available in the Conflict of Interest section of the FASIS Self-Service Portal. Instructions and guidance for accessing and completing the disclosure can be found here for faculty and here for staff. Please complete your disclosure by March 1, 2015.  If you registered for FASIS Multi-Factor Authentication, your smartphone (or NU phone) is needed to verify your identity when accessing the FASIS Self-Service Portal.


New Conflict of Interest Resource Available for Research Community! The Investigator One Page Guide  has been developed to aid researchers and research administrators in understanding the key aspects of the research-related COI process. Unlike the annual COI processes for faculty and staff that occur in February each year, the research-related process involves dynamic requirements that are ongoing between annual disclosure cycles. 

10/23/2014 Sunshine Act FAQs for Northwestern Faculty: How does the Physician Payment Sunshine Act impact Northwestern faculty?  Click here to learn more.

The Annual Faculty and Staff disclosure processes opened in FASIS, consolidating all of the annual COI requirements so that individuals with multiple roles can now meet all annual COI requirements simultaneouslyTo read about the changes to the annual disclosure process, click here!

Click here to access and complete your annual disclosure!


The new COI Portal debuted in FASIS.  For assistance with navigating the FASIS system, please see our Quick Tip Sheets for Investigators  and Administrators 


Announcement: NUCOI and OSR Brown Bag SessionCOI Dos and Don'ts: Avoid Having COI Issues Slip through the Cracks 


NUCOI Updates - system changes, new sponsors subject to COI regulations, and more! (7/16/13) 


Policy and process changes regarding research COI disclosure frequency (6/4/13)


The Annual Staff COI Disclosure in FASIS is now open for staff!  Click here for more information


The Annual Faculty COI Disclosure in FASIS is now open for faculty with primary appointments in  Bienen, McCormick, Medill, NU-Q & WCAS!  Click here for more information.  


Faculty completing your annual faculty COI disclosures in your respective Schools: You can now easily access and view/print/save your most recently submitted COI disclosure in FASIS. Upon login to the FASIS COI system, select Conflict of Interest and then COI Disclosure for Research: you will then see an option and link to View/Print/Save Most Recent Sponsored Research Disclosure.    


 12/19/12 COI Policy and System Updates 

Fall 2012

 NURAP Fall 2012 Newsletter: Vol. 4 Issue 1 - New Conflict of Interest Requirements Affecting Researchers