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Notice of Changes to NIH Policy for Issuing Certificates of Confidentiality

On September 7, 2017, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a Notice of Changes to NIH Policy for Issuing Certificates of Confidentiality, effective October 1, 2017. The agency’s policy on Certificates of Confidentiality (CoCs) was updated to comply with Section 2012 of the 21st Century Cures Act, Privacy Protection for Human Research Subjects, which amends the Public Health Service Act with respect to the certificates. According to NIH's website, "all ongoing or new research funded by NIH as of December 13, 2016 that is collecting or using identifiable, sensitive information is automatically issued a CoC.  Compliance requirements are outlined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, which is a  term and condition of all NIH awards.

This policy applies to NIH funded: 

  • Grants
  • Cooperative Agreements
  • R&D Contracts
  • Other Transaction Awards
  • NIH’s own intramural research"

For more information, please see: https://humansubjects.nih.gov/coc/NIH-funded








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