The protection of privacy and confidentiality is a fundamental component of all research conducted in Fraser Health.

This section provides information on the requirements, procedures, and supports for privacy review for research.  

What is personal information?

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) defines personal information as recorded information about an identifiable individual other than contact information. This includes recorded information that uniquely identifies an individual, such as their name, address, telephone number, age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, fingerprints or blood type. It includes information about their health care, educational, financial, criminal or employment history. It also includes anyone else's opinions about that individual and that individual’s own views or opinions.

When is privacy review required?

All research reviewed by the Fraser Health Research Ethics Board are reviewed for privacy, confidentiality and security in accordance with the TCPS 2 as part of the ethical review. However, certain projects will require additional privacy review by the Fraser Health Information Privacy Office:

  • Projects using personal information held or maintained by Fraser Health
  • Projects involving new software, information systems or technologies that interface with Fraser Health information systems