Conflict of interest guidelines for clinical guidelines

Dev A S Kevat, Michael J Williams and Bebe Loff
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10341
Published online: 16 April 2012

To the Editor: The recent letter by McLaren1 focuses attention on conflicts of interest which can arise from public, rather than private, relationships. We, as authors of a recent article on developing guidelines about conflicts of interest,2 wish to comment on this particular issue. Certainly, the potential influence of an anticipated government appointment or promotion, or government research funding (or the feared loss of a position or of funding) is rarely recognised as constituting a conflict of interest.

  • 1 School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Michael Kirby Centre for Health and Human Rights, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.


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  • 1. McLaren PJ. Conflict of interest guidelines for clinical guidelines [letter]. Med J Aust 2012; 196: 113. <MJA full text>
  • 2. Williams MJ, Kevat DAS, Loff B. Conflict of interest guidelines for clinical guidelines. Med J Aust 2011; 195: 442-445. <MJA full text>


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