Summary of Responsibilities
In order to meet your research conduct; ethical and legal responsibilities as a researcher you will need to meet the following general requirements and standards. A range of specific requirements will be outlined in your HREC approval/s and confidentiality/data transfer agreement/s.
Conduct of the Study
- Conduct the study and deal with the project data only in accordance with the procedures specified in the approved protocol for the research project.
Restrictions on use, access, and disclosure
- Only collect, use or disclose the project data for the conduct of the research project and not for any other purpose;
- Do not merge the project data with any other information set, including information files provided for two separate projects unless you have approval to do so.
- Do not attempt to identify or make unauthorised contact with any individual or to provide the project data to another person.
- Do not publish any information which discloses the identity of an individual unless the individual has given their written consent to be identified in the publication.
Disclosure as required by law
- In some (rare) circumstances you may be required by law to disclose information. In this situation you should contact the data custodian immediately.
Protection of information
- You must protect the project data against loss, unauthorised use, access, modification or disclosure according to the approved data security plan (as described in your data application/ethics application)
Disposal of Confidential Information
- You must conduct any tasks relating to the retention and disposal of the project data in accordance with the approved retention and disposal Plan for the project.
- You must notify both the HREC/s and the data custodian/s of any breach of the approved protocol for the research project, including any breaches of security, complaints, adverse events or other relevant circumstances relating to your research project.