Last updated:2017.6.19.

Submission of research data from human subjects

The amended Act on the Protection of Personal Information and ethical guidelines have been fully put into effect on May 30, 2017. This page has been revised accordingly.

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 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 of human subjects from your data 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 must explain that the human data are deposited to database and are shared publicly.

*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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