Representatives of the NIH, FDA, CMS, Pew Charitable Trusts, Cleveland Clinic, Consumers Union, The New England Journal of Medicine and other institutions and associations proposed creating a nonprofit repository for conflict-of-interest disclosures. "A coherent, uniform system will not only reduce the time spent by researchers on administrative tasks, but will very likely improve the accuracy and clarity of disclosure reporting," said Dr. Allen Lichter, lead author of the discussion paper, published by the Institutes of Medicine.

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