|Certificates of Confidentiality Kiosk|
Certificates of Confidentiality constitute an important tool to protect the
privacy of research study participants. Thus, NIH would like to encourage their
appropriate use. NIH is making information widely available to investigators
working on sensitive biomedical, behavioral, clinical or other types of research
at this Certificate Kiosk. Information may get added to this site periodically.
Readers are encourage to check back periodically.
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. Certificates of Confidentiality may be granted for studies collecting information that if disclosed could have adverse consequences for subjects or damage their financial standing, employability, insurability, or reputation. 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 assuring confidentiality and privacy to participants. For more information, see below.
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