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Data Protection in Research Projects

To obtain consent from the subjects of your research project, please find below our sample consent form:

Declaration of Consent for Research Projects (DOCX, 56 KB)

Additional requirements apply to research projects that fall under the Human Research Act (HFG). A corresponding declaration of consent is in progress.

Data-Sharing-Agreement for research-cooperations

If you want to share personal data with someone who is working on an external research project or with whom you share common research interests (e.g. as part of a research collaboration), this is referred to as data transfer between data controllers (so-called controller-to-controller transfer).

If data is transferred across national borders, we recommend that you additionally protect the personal data with a contract. If you transfer personal data to a country that does not have an adequate level of data protection (see the box on the right/below), a contract must always be concluded. Below you will find the model contract to be used in such cases:

UZH Master Data Sharing Agreement v1.0 (DOCX, 44 KB)

Links to tools and other materials for researchers you find here (German).

Data Protection/Ethics Self-Assessment Tool

The Data Protection/Ethics Self-Assessment Tool is aimed at researchers who in any way involve people or at least their data in their research (e.g. for surveys, experiments, observations, etc.) - regardless of whether the resulting data are anonymized or not.

Countries with an adequate level of data protection

If data is to be transferred abroad, from a data protection perspective it should be checked whether the country in question has an adequate level of data protection. For this purpose, the list of states of the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) can be consulted.

FDPIC page with list of countries


For information on how to use online survey tools correctly, please visit the Online Survey Tools subpage.


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