Certificates of Confidentiality are documents issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to protect identifiable research information from forced disclosure. Certificates of Confidentiality allow investigators and others who have access to research records to refuse to disclose identifying information in any civil, criminal, administrative, legislative, or other proceeding, whether at the federal, state, or local level. Certificates can be used for biomedical, behavioral, clinical or other types of research that is sensitive and could adversely affect or damage a subjects' financial standing, employability, insurability, or reputation. Certificates of Confidentiality may be issued to any research study on a sensitive health-related topic that collects names or other identifying information even if the research is not funded by NIH.
Certificate of Confidentiality (CoC) Links:
Additional information regarding CoC is available in HRPP SOP 301: Research Submission Requirements, located in the Policies & Procedures Section of the IRB website.