Confidentiality and Consent

Published 31.1.2012 
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  • Consent is the primary regulation rule when conducting research on human biological material and personal health information. This applies whether the data is collected directly from the persons to whom the information applies to or is derived from patient records, other health registries, observations, biobanks or other research projects. 

  • All research is subject to the primary regulation rule on consent. Research that falls outside the Health Research Act because the purpose is not to acquire new knowledge about health and diseases (for example social science research), must as a rule also be subject to consent for the use of personal health information.

  • Dispensation from professional secrecy requirements is necessary to carry out research on human biological material or personal health information that has already been obtained, without requesting consent. An application for dispensation from professional secrecy requirements is considered by REC for both medical and health research (sections 15, 28 and 35 of the Health Research Act) and for other research. See Forskrift om delegering av myndighet til REK etter helsepersonelloven § 29 første ledd and forvaltningsloven §13d første ledd.

  • The Project Application form for medical and health research contains sections to apply for dispensation from professional secrecy requirements. You will find the form under the menu option Deadlines and Forms - Forms for Research Projects.

  • Applications for dispensation from professional secrecy requirements in other research must be submitted on a separate form which you will find under the menu option Deadlines and Forms - Form for Dispensation from Professional Secrecy in Other Research.