JHU's eDisclose

In May 2007, the School of Medicine (SOM) launched a custom-built disclosure system. The system, called eOPC, is the exclusive means for SOM faculty and others engaged in research to make disclosures as required under the SOM policies on professional commitment and conflict of interest. The system is used for both annual and transactional disclosures. There currently are approximately 5,000 annual disclosures and over 7,000 transactional disclosures in the system. SOM staff review the online disclosures to evaluate external activity and financial interests under the policies on professional commitment and conflict of interest, and to prepare, communicate and document reviews by the Committee on Outside Interests. Communication with users is done within individuals' "workspaces" in the system. The system is integrated with eIRB -- and to lesser extents with COEUS and InfoEd, facilitating more thorough and rapid collection of relevant data and coordination across key research administration offices.

Since fall 2010, compliance staff from the SOM, School of Nursing (SON), Bloomberg School of Public Health (BSPH), Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (KSAS), Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) and the Office of Research Environment Systems (RES), also referred to as the eDisclose Steering Advisory Group (eSAG), have been working to gather requirements that will be used to modify eOPC to accommodate use by all five divisions. The resulting system, named JHU eDisclose, will solicit the same information from all users and will have the capacity to generate university-wide and division-specific reports. Each division will continue to review disclosures by their own faculty and staff, but the existence of JHU eDisclose is expected to result in more consistent review, particularly when there is a financial interest associated with collaborations between divisions. The revised system expected to be operational by June 2012.