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NCHS Confidentiality Training:

Safeguarding Confidential Information

Questions about NCHS confidentiality policies: NCHS Confidentiality Office; Technical

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA

800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348, 8am-8pm ET/Mon-Fri, Closed Holidays —



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Section 308(d) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242m) is one of three confidentiality laws that apply to NCHS data related to this training.


Under the Public Health Service Act, NCHS must

  • Tell respondents how the information will be used and who will see their identifiable information
  • Limit use of information to the purposes for which it was collected
  • Not release identifiable information to anyone other than those whom respondents agreed may see it. If a promise of confidentiality is given, NCHS must protect confidentiality.

Moreover, the Public Health Service Act covers all NCHS systems.


More information on the Public Health Service Act is located at