• Approval of a Data Access Committee that develops and applies criteria for determining whether the interests of specimen and data sources,24 the repository, and the federal government are being met.
  • Participation of a DoD-affiliated monitor trained in and assigned the responsibility of ensuring the appropriate use of repository specimens and data and safeguarding the interests of its sources, the repository, and the federal government. The monitor would also facilitate research by helping outside investigators to identify and gain access to the most appropriate JPC resources for a particular project.
  • Implementation of data-use agreements and material-transfer agreements, as appropriate, to help to protect the identified interests. A data-use agreement (DUA) is, in brief, a contract between a data provider (here, the JPC) and a user (such as a researcher) that explicates how the data may be used, who may have access to them, how they must be stored and secured, and how they must be handled after the authorized research is completed. A material-transfer agreement (MTA) serves the same purpose for such items as biospecimens. DUAs and MTAs were used by AFIP and are widely used by other research biorepositories and by the federal government to inform investigators of their responsibilities and to gain their agreement to abide by a set of requirements.


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24Including privacy interests.

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