Certificates of Confidentiality
Certificates of Confidentiality (CoCs) protect the privacy of research subjects by prohibiting disclosure of identifiable, sensitive research information to anyone not connected to the research except when the subject consents or in a few other specific situations. NIH funded researchers are automatically issued a CoC through their award. Other Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies issue CoCs to researchers they fund. Researchers not funded by HHS can continue to apply to NIH or the FDA as appropriate to request a CoC for HHS-mission relevant research.
See the Certificates of Confidentiality webpage regarding Certificates of Confidentiality and to find suggested Consent Language Describing the CoC Protections.
NIH Notice: NOT-OD-17-109 Notice of Changes to NIH Policy for Issuing Certificates of Confidentiality.