- Early Check also has Certificates of Confidentiality, which means researchers cannot be forced to disclose information that may identify you, even by a court subpoena, unless you provide written consent.
- Researchers will use the Certificate to resist any demands for information that would identify you, except as explained below.
- A Certificate of Confidentiality does not prevent you or a member of your family from voluntarily releasing information about yourself or your involvement in this research.
- If an insurer, employer, or other person obtains your written consent to receive research information, then the researchers may not use the Certificate to withhold that information.
There are a few exceptions:
- If child abuse is suspected, researchers may voluntarily, without your consent, share information that would identify you as a participant.
- The certificate cannot be used to resist a demand for information from personnel of the U.S. Government that is used for auditing or evaluation of federally funded projects or for information that must be disclosed in order to meet the requirements of the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA).