Using information about people in health research

This guidance summarises the key principles that should be followed when collecting and using information about people in the course of health research.



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This guidance applies to all Medical Research Council (MRC) employees and reflects best practice for MRC-funded researchers, for using and sharing health research data about people. It includes:

  • principles and summary of relevant law
  • identifying participants
  • collecting data and consent
  • using anonymisation and pseudonyms
  • data sharing and publishing
  • accessing data
  • keeping data safe
  • working without consent
  • archiving.

Page last updated: 26 August 2021

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