Conflict of Interest Rules

PHO advisory committees are best served by members who have differing areas of expertise and perspectives related to the advisory committees' mandate and who can provide their expertise and advice in an open, fair and objective manner.  Any situation that may interfere with a member's ability to meet those standards maybe a possible conflict of interest and must be disclosed.

The following conflict of interest situations are examples that apply to a committee member as well as the member’s spouse and children:

  • Direct employment in or benefit from a private sector entity whose primary business may relate directly or indirectly to PHO advisory committee-related matters. This includes pharmaceutical or drug companies that research and/or manufacture drugs or vaccines and carry on business with the intent or possibility of commercial gain, generating a profit, or increasing equity.
  • Ownership of stock, stock option, or similar ownership interest in a private sector entity. Excluded is interest arising solely from investment in such business by a mutual, pension, or other institutional investment fund over which you do not exercise control.
  • Service as a paid litigation consultant or expert witness in litigation involving a private sector entity.
  • Ongoing service in an advisory or consulting role, whether paid or unpaid, to a private sector entity.


People who are interested in becoming advisory committee members must complete a Conflict of Interest Disclosure and Declaration Form that will disclose:

  • any and all conflicts of interest or situations that are described above; and
  • any other circumstances in which an individual's personal or private interest conflicts with, could potentially conflict with, or might reasonably be perceived to conflict with duties as a member of the PHO advisory committee.

In additions, committee members must:

  • Declare conflicts of interests at the start of each meeting of a PHO advisory committee.
  • Submit an updated disclosure statement every year on the anniversary of their appointment or when their affiliations change.

PHO discloses the affiliations of all committee members on our public website and to the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Depending on the situation, the President and Chief Executive Officer will:

  • Direct a PHO advisory committee member to recuse oneself or withdraw from discussion, formulating or voting on recommendations, or participating in meetings.
  • Terminate an appointment if a member's affiliations with private sector entities becomes unmanageable.
Updated 28 Sep 2021