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GUIDANCE: Certificate of Confidentiality

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A Certificate of Confidentiality (CoC) is a legal protection that agencies within the federal Department of Health and Human Services can issue to researchers to protect identifiable sensitive information collected as part of a study. It allows researchers to refuse to disclose name or any information, documents or biospecimens containing identifiable information about the research subjects.

NIH CoC Decision Tree: Is my research subject to CoC?

Change Notes

Added Centers for Disease Control as a funding agency that automatically issues a CoC – 11.30.2018
Added a note to section six regarding researchers who will collect data beyond expiration of NIH funding – 07.19.2018
Revised information about how the CoC expiration date relates to data collected after the expiration date – 06.29.2018