UK Regulator Strengthens Rules On Conflicts Of Interest For Expert Advisors
The UK MHRA's code of practice has been updated in an effort to ensure that its decisions are based on “independent and impartial” expert advice and that the processes in place for managing conflicts of interest are “robust, consistent and clear to all.”
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The number of committees and groups advising the MHRA has now topped 50, and the agency believes that now is the time for a wide-ranging reform of the way it identifies and manages conflicts of interest among the members of those bodies.
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