Certificates of Confidentiality Kiosk
Certificates of Confidentiality are an important tool to protect the privacy of research study participants (see NIH Guide Notice 03/15/2002). This Kiosk web site provides information about Certificates of Confidentiality for those involved with the conduct of sensitive biomedical, behavioral, clinical or other types of research, including investigators, IRB members, and Institutional Officials.
Certificates of Confidentiality are issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to protect identifiable research information from forced disclosure. They allow the investigator and others who have access to research records to refuse to disclose identifying information on research participants in any civil, criminal, administrative, legislative, or other proceeding, whether at the federal, state, or local level. By protecting researchers and institutions from being compelled to disclose information that would identify research subjects, Certificates of Confidentiality help achieve the research objectives and promote participation in studies by helping assure confidentiality and privacy to participants.
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CERTIFICATE OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON-LINE APPLICATION UPDATE: The following NIH Institutes/Centers (ICs) are using an on-line application process:
To access the on-line system for one of the IC’s, please click on one of the IC's listed or go to the IC listing on the Contacts List: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/coc/contacts.htm NOTE: When seeking to amend or extend an existing CoC, please contact the issuing IC staff to determine if the on-line system can be used for this purpose.
Federal Register Notice: NIH is seeking OMB approval for the development of an electronic application form for the submission of all requests to NIH for a new Certificate of Confidentiality (CoC). The NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) collectively issue approximately 1,000 new CoCs each year for eligible research projects. However, the process for submitting a CoC request is not consistent across the ICs. When launched, this new electronic application form will be used by all research organizations that wish to request a CoC from any NIH IC. Our proposed plans for this system are currently described in Federal Register Notice to allow for public comment: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-11-21/pdf/2013-27966.pdf
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