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Application and Approval Process for Confidential Vital Statistics Data Files with Followback


Three-step application process:

Step One: Submit research protocol to the state's Human Subject Review Board (HSRB).

Step Two: After receiving written approval from the state's HSRB, submit the following to Delaware Health Statistics Center:

  • a copy of the state's HSRB approval letter
  • the research protocol with signatures of PI
  • completed application for confidential vital statistics data

Step Three: Obtain VSRS approval. VSRS normally meets once a month. You will be notified of the committee’s decision. Data files cannot be released until after the state's HSRB and VSRS committees approve your research protocol.


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