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Employer/ Supervisor as the Researcher

The Board does not generally allow the researcher to use his or her own employees for a study except where the individual participant’s data cannot be linked to the participant’s identity.  If the study is funded by the researcher’s company and the participants are required to participate as part of the job, the researcher cannot automatically gain access to this data because he or she is the employer.  Even though the researcher may have access through his or her professional position, the above stipulations still apply.

If the study is funded by the researcher and is not part of the company’s initiative, the researcher should demonstrate to the Board that the study can be conducted in such a way that the participants will be able to participate voluntarily.  Please understand that the Board may request that you use participants other than those whom you employ or supervise.

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