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Ethics and Ethical Issues

NCI Ethics Office

The NCI Ethics Office is located at Executive Blvd., Building 6116, Room 202. The phone number for the office is 301-496-1148. The fax number for the office is 301-402-1508.


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Outside Activities and Sponsored Travel

CPFP Fellows may engage in Outside Activities that require the use of professional qualifications readily identified with his/her NIH position, provided his/her work does not create a real or an apparent conflict of interest (see Conflict of Interest) or interfere with regularly assigned duties.

"Official Duty Activities" are approved, non-compensated activities with an outside organization carried out by an employee as part of his/her official Government duties and responsibilities. Typically, official duty activities involve ongoing or announced policies, programs, or operations of NIH or DHHS, and/or matters that are or have been assigned within the last 12-month period (and may or may not have been publicly disclosed), rather than the general scientific or professional expertise of the employee.

"Outside Organization:" For a civilian employee an outside organization is any non-DHHS organization such as: a non-profit organization including a professional association or society; a university, hospital, or medical center; state or local governments; non-DHHS Federal agencies; and, for profit organizations such as biotechnology firms, pharmaceutical companies, law firms and other industry. Commissioned Officers may not have outside organizations with any Federal agency. Some outside organizations may be prohibited sources for which outside work may not be authorized. For example, Commissioned Officers may not participate for pay in any activity with a Federal agency or organization which pays fees or salaries from Federal funds.

For more information on procedures refer to the NIH Health Ethics Program—Ethics Topics section.

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NIH Ombudsman

The NIH Office of the Ombudsman, Center for Cooperative Resolution is a neutral, independent, and confidential resource providing informal assistance to NIH scientists, administrators, and support staff in addressing work-related issues. The Ombudsman, who directs the Center, serves as a focal point for conflict resolution at NIH by (1) providing confidential, informal assistance to employees and managers in resolving work-related concerns, and (2)developing and coordinating effective dispute resolution processes and procedures. The Center offers a variety of services and programs to address likely sources of conflict such as performance appraisals, harassment, mentoring relationships, and scientific collaboration.

The NIH Ombudsman web site is:

NIH Office of Human Subjects Research

OHSR operates within the Office of the Deputy Director for Intramural Research (DDIR), National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH is part of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) which is, in turn, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The NIH's Intramural Research Program (IRP) is located on a 300-acre campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Researchers in the NIH's IRP conduct and collaborate in many different kinds of research activities including research involving people as subjects. The OHSR was established to help IRP investigators understand and comply with the ethical guidelines and regulatory requirements for research involving human subjects. OHSR's overall goal is to promote and support the IRP's efforts to conduct innovative research which protects the rights and promotes the welfare of human subjects. An overview of OHSR's activities is provided in OHSR Information Sheet #1.

OHSR Contact Information:

Building 10, Room 2C146
Bethesda, MD 20892-1154

Phone: 301-402-3444
Fax: 301-402-3443

The NIH OHSR web site is:

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