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Withholding conflicts of interest: the many flaws of the new ICMJE disclosure form
  1. David Shaw1,2
  1. 1Institute for Biomedical Ethics, Universität Basel, Basel 4056, Switzerland
  2. 2Department of Health, Ethics and Society, Care and Public Health Research Institute, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Shaw, Institute for Biomedical Ethics, Universität Basel, Basel 4056, Switzerland;{at}


In this article, I describe and analyse the proposed new International Committee of Medical Journal Editors form for disclosing conflicts of interest and conclude that it has many flaws. The form does not mention ‘conflicts of interest’ even once in either its body or its title, it introduces a conceptually confused categorisation of different potential conflicts and it ignores future conflicts and intellectual biases. Finally, many of the authors of the new form have themselves failed to declare relevant potential conflicts of interest.

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  • Contributors DS is the sole author.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests The author is a consulting editor at the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement All data relevant to the study are included in the article.

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