Last updated:2017.5.29.

Submission of research data from human subjects

Before submitting your data

For submitting data from human subjects (human data) to the databases of DDBJ center, it is submitter's responsibility to ensure that the dignity and the right of human subject are protected in accordance with all applicable laws, ordinances, guidelines and policies of submitter's institution. In principle, make sure to remove any direct personal identifiers from your metadata to be submitted.

When you are submitting human data from samples except widely utilized and generally available samples of academically established value (*1), make sure the followings.

  • The research plan describing experimental methods and human subjects has been approved by the institutional review board and by the head of institution who oversees the research.
  • The research plan and the informed consent documents describe that data from human subjects are deposited to databases and are shared among domestic and overseas researchers.

Controlled-access and databases

Before submitting human data, please consider whether controlled-access for the data is required or not (i.e. unrestricted access) on the basis of informed consents obtained from human subjects.

Controlled-access database
Submit your data to the controlled-access database "Japanese Genotype-phenotype Archive (JGA)".
Before submitting your data to JGA, you need an approval for data submission from National Bioscience Database Center (NBDC) of Japan Science and Technology Agency.

Unrestricted-access database
Submit your data to unrestricted-access databases DDBJ Sequence Read Archive (DRA) or DDBJ.
To submit human data corresponding to personal identification code (*2), you need an approval for data submission from NBDC. In principle, the two points of "Before submitting your data" must be fulfilled, and the informed consent documents clearly explain that the human data are deposited to database and are shared publicly. When your data are not the personal identification code, you can request NBDC to reviewing your submission.

*1 HeLa whole genome sequence data should be submitted to NCBI dbGaP.
*2 Personal identification code is defined in the guideline (Japanese only) of the Personal Information Protection Commission.

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