What is a Certificate of Confidentiality and How are They Used for Human Subjects Research?

A Certificate of Confidentiality is a special privacy protection that can be issued by Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies to help researchers protect the privacy of people enrolled in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and other forms of sensitive health-related research. Certificates protect against compulsory legal demands, such as court orders and subpoenas, for identifying information or identifying characteristics of a research participant by allowing researchers to refuse to provide identifiable research information.

For more information visit the Certificates of Confidentiality Kiosk on grants.nih.gov.

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