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4. Questions & Answers

Q1. Do faculty have to perform a Self-report on Conflict of Interest?
A1. The aim of the Self-report on Conflict of Interest is to protect against the loss of social confidence in the faculty and staff at Osaka University and the University itself, as well as against the inhibition of Osaka University's mission of educational and research activities, as well as those activities through industry, academia and government collaboration, through appropriate management of conflict of interest.
Thus, all trustees and faculty (including full-time and part-time faculty involved in education and research) are required to submit the Self-report on Conflict of Interest Management (primary). Those faculty and staff members not included in the above may be either directly or indirectly involved in industry-academia collaborations, and are encouraged to perform a self-report.
After the primary Self-report on Conflict of Interest has been examined, the Self-report on Conflict of Interest Management (secondary) will be distributed to faculty and staff deemed requiring detailed investigation. Those receiving it must fill out the form and submit it.
If necessary, hearings with the faculty and staff in question will be conducted in order to properly finalize conflict of interest management.
 
Q2. If there is a problem in a conflict of interest situation, what measures will be taken?
A2. If necessary, the Conflict of Interest Management Committee will make recommendations for correction of the situation to the faculty or staff concerned and observe the situation.
 
Q3. If the faculty member is not satisfied with the recommendation for correction of the conflict of issue situation, what should he/she do? If the faculty member ignores the recommendation, will a penalty be incurred?
A3. If the faculty member is not satisfied with the decision made by the conflict of interest committee, he/she can request that the committee reexamine the situation by submitting Request form for Reexamination. If there is a request for reexamination, the Conflict of Interest Management Committee will conduct a reexamination. However, at the conclusion of the reexamination, if it is determined correction of the situation is needed, the president will be informed of this. If the president agrees with the necessity for correction, correction of the situation will be ordered. If the faculty member fails to follow the president's decision and violate the rules, he/she may be punished.
 
Q4. If a faculty member feels anxious about a potential conflict of interest situation, can he/she ask someone for help in advance?
A4. The conflict of interest counseling room can give faculty members advice. Applications for consultation on conflict of interest are accepted as needed. Submit a copy of Conflict of Interest Management Consultation sheet and make application to the Conflict of Interest Consultation Office.

Q5. In general, is there anything I should be careful about regarding conflicts of interest?
A5. For an outline of general points to note in avoiding the occurrence of issues of conflicts of interest, click here.
Q6. I'm thinking of applying for a Health and Labour Sciences Research Grant. What should I do about its management of conflict of interest?
A6. You need to submit a self-report on conflict of interest for Health and Labour Sciences Research at the time of application for the grant. For more information and to download the necessary forms, click here.

Q7. I'm affiliated with an endowed chair. Is there anything I need to be careful about when publishing a thesis?
A7. In terms of the fairness of the thesis, it would be best to mention your affiliation in the thesis itself, so as to ensure the fairness of the thesis and not invite any external suspicion. The same applies for the Joint Research Course and Collaborative Research Center.

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