New ICMJE editorial and form for reporting competing interests in journals

The ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors) has announced a new format for Disclosure of Competing Interests. The policy, outlined on the ICMJE website, (which has been updated recently by the way and is worth a look at) also includes a form that has been adopted by the ICMJE member journals, and which the ICMJE is encouraging other journals to consider adopting. They are encouraging feedback on the form until April 2010, when it will be adapted to address any concerns raised. As they note “By adopting a uniform format, we hope to make the process of disclosure of competing interests easier for authors and less confusing for readers.”