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Research Data Management Toolkit: Ethics, privacy, consent and legal issues

Best practices in Research Data Management promote research integrity and collaborative opportunities. A Data Management Plan ensures data security, accessibility and validation of results.

Ethics, privacy, consent and legal issues

Research which involves the use of human or animal material is subject to ethical reviews. Researchers are obliged to address ethical requirements through ethics applications.

Researchers should explain the processes used to protect research participants including the steps taken to ensure anonymity of data. This could also include an explanation of constraints to data sharing. It may not be appropriate to share confidential data with other researchers depending on the level of consent which has been received from participants.

Please visit the Human Ethics office at UWA for further information on guidelines, code of conduct and Human Ethics resources.

ANDS Guide to Ethics Consent and Data Sharing

See the following Australian National Data Service (ANDS) recommendations for ethics, consent and data sharing:

NHMRC Documents on Human Ethics

The UWA Principal Ethics Guidelines lists an array of human research guidelines and resources.


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