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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. The Federal Council decides which countries meet this requirement and publishes a list in the annex 1 to the Ordinance to the Federal Act on Data Protection (DPO, SR 235.11).

Annex 1 DPO


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


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