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Privacy, Information Collection and Human Research Tool

The Privacy, Information Collection and Human Research (PICHR) tool below provides guidance on requirements related to collecting, using, and releasing information on individuals for research and related purposes. The following decision tree may help you determine if your activity is research involving human subjects and will provide you with a broad overview of the compliance requirements. Review the questions in each area below to determine the requirements that may apply to your activity.

Note: While using the PICHR Tool you may be asked about HIPAA and Members of the Public. Examples of these are provided below:


  • Human Subjects Research Overview
  • Privacy Overview
  • Information Management Control Overview
  • Results

Human Subjects Research Overview

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Human Research Protection Program supports and encourages research involving human subjects. All research protocols that include human subjects must be compliant with Federal laws, Federal Regulations, and DOD policies intended to protect the subjects of the studies.


Does your research involve physical intervention?


Are you a Department of Defense employee?

All questions require responses so that accurate results may be provided.
Last Updated: July 11, 2023
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