The Conflict of Interest policy applies to everyone who serves the Association. Individuals who wish to serve the ABRF must complete a form that discloses any potential conflicts of interest to the President of the Executive Board. The President then treats this as a confidential disclosure: the President can discuss a potential conflict of interest with other Executive Board members only when the individual who wishes to serve agrees to this. Under no circumstances will a potential conflict of interest be discussed beyond the Executive Board.
Conflicts of interest are similar to the conflicts normally disclosed to employers and include:
- employment by a company that sells equipment or reagents to core facilities,
- consulting positions for such companies, or
- ownership of large amounts of equity in such companies.
- The policy also requires individuals to refrain from using intellectual property of the ABRF in inappropriate manners.
The Executive Board feels that the policy meets the Association's need for a comprehensive policy and is unlikely to affect members already serving the Association. As always, your suggestions and comments to the Executive Board on this policy are welcome.