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California State Statute:
opens new window California: Cal. Health and Safety Code 124975 et seq.
Use of Residual Newborn Screening Specimens All testing results and personal information from hereditary disorders programs obtained from any individual, or from specimens from any individual, is confidential and is considered a confidential medical record except for information that the individual, parent, or guardian consents to be released, provided after being fully informed of the scope of the information requested to be released, of all of the risks, benefits, and purposes for the release, and of the identity of those to whom the information will be released or made available, except for data compiled without reference to the identity of any individual, and except for research purposes, provided that pursuant to the Common Rule The research must first be reviewed and approved by an IRB. The health department, any entities approved by the department, and researchers must maintain the confidentiality of patient information and blood samples in the same manner as other medical record information with patient identification and may use it only for approved research to (1) identify risk factors for children's and women's diseases;(2) Research to develop and evaluate screening tests;(3) Research to develop and evaluate prevention strategies; and (4) Research to develop and evaluate treatments. The State Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) must determine if all of the if specified criteria are met for purposes of ensuring the security of a donor's personal information, before any blood samples are released pursuant for research purposes.

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