Element 5: Access, Distribution, and Reuse Considerations


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NIH-specific guidance on Element

5.A: Describe any factors affecting subsequent access, distribution, and reuse of scientific data. These factors can include characteristics of the study’s informed consents, privacy and confidentiality issues, issues arising from data use agreements or patent concerns, etc. See NIH’s Justifiable reasons for limiting sharing of data.

5.B: State whether access to the scientific data will be controlled.

5.C: Describe how privacy, rights, and confidentiality of human research participants will be protected (if applicable).