The National Academies

The National Academies perform an unparalleled public service by bringing together committees of experts in all areas of scientific and technological endeavor. These experts serve pro bono to address critical national issues and give advice to the federal government and the public. Four organizations comprise the Academies: the National Academy of Sciences NAS, the National Academy of Engineering NAE, the Institute of Medicine IOM, and the National Research Council NRC, … (full text about).

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Conflict-of-Interest Policy /Policy and Procedures on Committee Composition and Balance and Conflicts of Interest for Committees Used in the Development of Reports:  

  • The purpose of the policy approved by the National Academy of Sciences Council and the National Research Council Governing Board is to provide clear guidance for evaluating potential conflicts of interest of provisional committee members appointed by the National Academies. This allows the institutions to better ensure proper composition and balance of committees that will be used in authoring reports of the Academies.
  • Under the policy, all committees used in authoring reports are divided into categories based on the nature of the task. Each category has a separate form to be filled out by provisional committee members.
  • For anyone interested in quickly understanding the National Academies’ approach to determining whether or not a conflict of interest exists for a provisional committee member, the best place to start is reading Part II of these forms after glancing at the policy document. Part I of the forms is intended to provide relevant background information to help the institution to determine an appropriate balance of scientific viewpoints on the study committee.

Policy on Committee Composition and Balance and Conflicts of Interest:

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