What if the research involving children or individuals with mental incapacity is minimal risk?

Some research with children or persons with mental incapacity may be very low risk, and in those cases, the cost of retaining all Research Data and Materials for such an extended period may outweigh any theoretical  legal benefit.  In considering whether and to what extent to retain Research Data and Materials in these studies, PIs should consider the nature and intensity of research interventions and the possibility of research-related harm to subjects, presumably deciding to honor an extended retention period in cases in which such interventions are more intense, complex and/or potentially harmful.  In making this determination, PIs must consult with their own departmental administration and their cognizant IRB.  PIs may also for this purpose consult with the Office of General Counsel and the Provost’s office.

See also: Data Retention