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Johns Hopkins Medicine Policy on Interaction with Industry

Many kinds of interactions with industry are essential for converting the knowledge gained in our laboratories and clinics into treatments for patients.   In order to maintain the trust of patients and the public, and to ensure decisions are made on the basis of sound, independent judgments, interactions between JHM personnel and industry must be clearly defined and carefully managed. 

Questions about the policy should be directed to the Office of Policy Coordination at or by calling 410-516-5560.

In March 2009 Johns Hopkins Medicine adopted a new policy designed to reorient the way we work with pharmaceutical and medical device companies.  It limits interactions whose purpose is primarily product marketing, and it clarifies the terms of interactions with industry where the chief goal is scientific exchange.

The policy, which took effect July 1, 2009, incorporates and strengthens some existing policies, and sets forth new rules in several areas. It generally applies to full-time and part-time faculty and staff, trainees, students and volunteers of all Hopkins Medicine member organizations.  The prohibition on acceptance of free pharmaceutical samples takes effect on July 1, 2011.  For questions related to this Policy, please email or call 410-516-5560.

Please see the links below for more information about industry interaction:

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