How are my details checked?

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Trained personnel carry out background checks on any researcher who applies for access. They review the researcher's professional history and look for evidence that they have carried out high-quality health-related research. They must be working for a legitimate research organisation with a track record of health-related research. All researchers are checked against international sanctions lists. 

Our in-house scientists then assess whether the research proposal qualifies as health-related research in the public interest. This means the findings should be likely to benefit the health and wellbeing of society, and should not cause harm, such as perpetuate stereotypes about certain groups. 

If there is any doubt about this, or if the proposal raises any concerns, it is referred to UK Biobank's expert Access Sub Committee which will consider the application in more detail, and seek ethics advice if needed.  

All applications go through this process, regardless of whether the researcher works for a university, a charity or a company.

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