Disclosure Preparatory to Research

A covered entity may allow a researcher to review PHI for a “review preparatory to research,” for example, to prepare a research protocol or establish that there are sufficient data to make the research possible, if the covered entity obtains certain representations from the researcher, for example, the use or disclosure is solely to review PHI as necessary to prepare the protocol or for similar purposes preparatory to research, no information is to be removed from the covered entity's premises, and the PHI sought is necessary for research purposes.