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 Privacy and Informed Consent


The National Children's Study takes its commitment to protect the privacy of its Study participants very seriously. The Study will meet or exceed all laws, regulations, and guidelines related to the strict protection of participant privacy and the confidentiality of the information participants share with the Study.

Participants' personal information will be closely protected by Study staff members who are trained on issues related to privacy and confidentiality. Data collected for the Study will be used only for research purposes. The Study will use unique identification numbers and carefully designed computer-management systems that protect each participant's personal identifying information.

Informed Consent 

Informed consent means providing eligible individuals with the information they need to know about the National Children's Study so they can make an informed choice about Study participation. During the informed consent process, a Study representative will explain what is involved in joining the Study, will review the informed consent form with families considering Study participation, and will answer questions about Study participation. Potential participants give their permission to enroll in the Study by signing the informed consent form. Informed consent must be obtained before any Study activities can be conducted.   

Below are the current informed consent forms: