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Data Confidentiality / IRB Policy
ICH research projects will adhere to the human subjects review process standards and procedures set forth by Cambridge Health Alliance and any other appropriate Institutional Review Board (IRB). In addition, the ICH will adhere to standards of school departments and community-based organizations, when appropriate.
All investigators and research associates need to be certified for human subjects work. At the very minimum, they must complete on-line certification, and possibly attend a one-day certification.
All persons who work with ICH data (including Visiting Scholars and graduate students) will be required to sign a Pledge of Confidentiality for Data Use.
In general, ICH will not publicly report data with a cell size less than 5 subjects. Suppression of cell sizes < 5 in reporting will be considered the general rule to protect the confidentiality of subjects. However, any agreement requiring larger numbers for suppression will supersede this rule.
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