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The Privacy Board is a joint institutional board of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins University schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. The role of the Privacy Board is to review and adjudicate applications for research using records that contain legally protected information. It is the charge of the Privacy Board to allow research using these institutional materials when it is legally possible and ethically responsible to do so.
Several institutional review boards serve the needs of the Johns Hopkins research community. The boards described here review applications for access to archival materials involving human subject research protected by the Common Rule for Protection of Human Subjects.
The Privacy Board of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions oversees archival policy and procedures for review and adjudication of applications for research in collections that contain identifiable health, student, and personnel information.
Scope of the Privacy Board
The Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation of the School of Medicine has oversight of the policies and operation of the Privacy Board. Attorneys from the legal department of the Johns Hopkins Health System provide legal guidance. Membership includes representatives from The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins University schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health as well as two individuals who have no affiliation with Johns Hopkins. The staff of the Medical Archives administers the Privacy Board. Privacy Board review includes, but is not limited to, applications for research in collections held by the following repositories:
Please refer to the policies of each individual repository for additional information.
Meetings of the Privacy Board
Meetings are scheduled on a quarterly basis in the months of January, April, July and October. The deadline for submission of applications is two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date. Contact Chesney Archives staff for specific meeting dates and other questions you may have:
Contact Information for Privacy Board staff
Applying for Access
The Privacy Board welcomes internal applications from Johns Hopkins researchers, and applications from those with external affiliations. Please refer to our application forms.
The Common Rule for Protection of Human Subjects protects individually identifiable human subject information. The Institutional Review Boards of Johns Hopkins oversee archival policy and procedures for review and adjudication of applications for research in collections that contain individually identifiable human subject information.