This guidance has been drafted following a COPE Discussion Forum (9 December 2015, http://bit.ly/1NxqEFy). The aim of the document is to further encourage discussion and to capture a record of the issues around competing interests — especially when they arise after publication — to help inform and progress the debate, and to firm up guidance where that is indicated.
The discussion document can be read here: http://publicationethics.org/files/u7140/Discussion_document__on_handling_competing_interests.pdf
COPE welcomes feedback on this document and we encourage journal editors, publishers and others interested to comment. Please email all comments to Natalie Ridgeway, COPE Executive Officer here.