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IRB Policies and Guidance

Certificate of Confidentiality

Investigators may request confidentiality certificates for research involving sensitive information, e.g., sexual practices, attitudes, or orientation; substance abuse or illegal conduct; or information that could lead to social stigmatization or discrimination if disclosed. Once the certificate is issued, researchers are authorized to protect privacy, and identifying information may not be compelled by court orders or subpoenas. The certificates are available whether or not the research is federally funded.

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