Changes to NIH Policy for Issuing Certificates of Confidentiality (CoC)

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In an effort to increase privacy protections for research participants, as of October 1, 2017, researchers who are collecting identifiable, sensitive information as part of their NIH-funded research will automatically be issued a CoC as part of the terms and conditions of the award. Researchers will no longer need to separately apply for a CoC. Compliance with the privacy protections afforded by the CoC is also a term and condition of the award. All research that was commenced or ongoing on or after December 13, 2016 and is within the scope of this NIH policy was issued a certificate.

More information is available in the NIH notice.

Please contact the Research Integrity office with questions.