Conflicts of interest

IQWiG's assessments are professionally independent. External experts participating in IQWiG's assessments are therefore obliged to disclose contacts (particularly with industry).

Information to be disclosed

  • paid employment, self-employed and voluntary activities
  • consultancy activities
  • financial support received for research activities and patent applications
  • payments received
  • other financial or cash-value payments
  • the possession of shares, share options or other company shares
  • any other circumstances that, from the point of view of an impartial observer, may be assessed as conflict of interest

An obligation for disclosure exists for

  • external experts involved in IQWiG's assessments
  • patients or other persons affected involved in establishing patient-relevant outcomes

Documents on conflicts of interest

Different forms for disclosure of potential conflicts of interest are available for different kinds of participation.

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