Certificates of Confidentiality are issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to protect identifiable research information from forced disclosure. They allow the investigator and others who have access to research records to refuse to disclose identifying information on research participants in any civil, criminal, administrative, legislative, or other proceeding, whether at the federal, state, or local level. Certificates may be granted for studies collecting information that if disclosed could have adverse consequences for subjects or damage their financial standing, employability, insurability, or reputation.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences issues a Certificate of Confidentiality for any study that is pertinent to the mission of the Institute and meets the requirements for issuing a certificate.
NIEHS is now participating in an on-line application process for all NEW Extramural and Intramural Certificate of Confidentiality applications.
|New Certificate of Confidentiality||Amendments/Extensions to Certificates Issued Using Paper Process|
|On-line Application||Application-Paper Process (122KB)|
Note about On-line Application
The electronic application must be completed all at once. You cannot save a partial application and go back to complete it. Please read the background documents on the kiosk and have all information ready to complete the on-line application.
For detailed information on Certificates of Confidentiality, NIH has created a Kiosk that contains background information and links to frequently asked questions (FAQs), contacts at the various institutes, and links to the applications see: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/coc/index.htm .