Respond to a COI Management Plan


This procedure outlines the steps to submit your response to the COI Management Plan via M-Inform after receiving an email notification to review it.

Disclosers/Conflicted Individuals

If a COI Committee determines that a conflict of interest exists based on the review of your outside interest disclosure(s) and applicable Research Initiated Certification (RC), the COI Office will send you a COI Management Plan for your response via M-Inform.


The COI Management Plan can be accessed via:

  • The Management Plan attachment in the email notification OR
  • M-Inform Discloser Home workspace > Action Required tab > Research Certification workspace > Research Certification link > Documents tab

Step-by-Step Process

  1. Open the attachment and review the management plan details.

    Email from COI Office to Discloser

  2. Click the link in the email to log into M-Inform.
    Note: You may need to enter your UMICH Login ID and password.
  3. Click Respond to Management Plan under Activities.

    Research Initiated Certification workspace

  4. Click the applicable Yes/No radio button to accept or reject the COI Management Plan.
    • Selecting Yes is the equivalent of "signing" the COI Management plan.
    • If you select No, you must enter comments explaining why. The COI Office will consider your comment and work with you to send an updated COI Management Plan to accept via M-Inform.

    Respond to Management Plan

  5. Click OK.
    The COI Office is notified of your response.


Accessing Management Plan in M-Inform

  1. If you are already logged into M-Inform, click the Name of the Research Initiated Certification under Action Required on the Home workspace.
  2. Click the Documents tab.

    Research Initiated Certification workspace

  3. Click the file name under Final Management Plans.
    Note: A File Download window will display. Open the file to review the plan details.
    Complete steps 3-5 above to respond to the management plan and submit your response to the COI Office.