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Ethics Office

The NIEHS Ethics Office provides a variety of functions and services to the NIEHS community including oversight of the NIEHS bioethics program. Specifically, the Ethics Office:


  • Provides guidance on all conflict of interest issues for employees and the advisory committees that serve NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program (“NTP”);
  • Administers the filing and certifies public and confidential disclosure of interest statements;
  • Manages the filing and approval process for outside activities, scientific protocols, sponsored travel, awards, honorary degrees, and widely attended gatherings;
  • Responds to inquiries relative to conflict of interests, acceptable gifts, and post-employment restrictions;
  • Coordinates the NIEHS ethics and bio-ethics training programs; and
  • Serves as a liaison to the NIH Ethics Office and the HHS Office of General Counsel.
Ethics FormsClinical Protocols

Woman clicking a radio buttonA one-stop shop for all the forms related to disclosures, activities, and more.

Two women working in a labYou will find pertinent information such as clinical protocols and required training.

Official DutiesGifts and Awards

Teacher helping a girl in chemistry labThese procedures, forms and charts will help determine if activities you perform away from the Institute are part of, or an extension of, regular official duties.

A girl and man holding an awardWondering how to handle honorary degrees and gifts from outside sources? This page will provide the answers.

Outside ActivitiesFinancial Disclosure

Woman checking a chartWork that is outside of, or not related to, your current official work. It is done outside of your NIH work area, using your own or the outside entity's resources, not Government resources.

Man talking on a phoneHelp with the Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278), Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450) and HHS Supplemental Financial Disclosure Requirements (5 CFR 5502) forms and instructions.


Bruce Androphy, Esq.
Bruce Androphy, Esq.
Director and Deputy Ethics Counselor
Tel (919) 541-0397
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K1-07
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709
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Bruce A. Androphy, Esq., is the Director of the NIEHS Ethics Office and, as such, serves as the Institute’s Deputy Ethics Counselor. He is an attorney admitted to practice in New York, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Prior to joining NIEHS, he served as the first executive director of the newly created Tennessee Ethics Commission from 2006 – 2009. Previously, he was with the New York State Ethics Commission for 18 years, serving as its General Counsel for the last five years. While in New York, he was involved with many ethical issues involving research scientists and faculty members. He is a frequent speaker on "Conflicts of Interest in Higher Education" and is an active member and speaker with the Council of Government Ethics Laws ("COGEL"). He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his law degree from the National Law Center of George Washington University.

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