ASB Conflict of Interest Statement



 The American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) code of conduct[1] briefly addresses Conflict of Interest (COI). This statement elaborates the ASB position on COI.

As a starting point, we begin with a definition of COI:

 “A conflict of interest is a set of circumstances that creates a risk that professional judgment or actions regarding a primary interest will be unduly influenced by a secondary interest.”[2]

COI policies and statements are about managing and mitigating risks. Disclosure is an integral part of managing risks that arise in conflicted situations. The American Society of Biomechanics expects every presentation at its annual meeting to disclose all relevant COI.

Additionally, the American Society of Biomechanics expects that members will

  • Disclose all relevant COI in presentations, publications, and activities of the American Society Biomechanics.
  • Recuse themselves from ASB business decisions when they have a COI.
  • Remain cognizant that when a COI exists their duty is to hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public.


[2] Lo, B. and Field, M.J., Eds. (2009) Conflict of Interest in Medical Research, Education, and Practice. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, p. 46.