|(a) The purpose of this section is to describe the
criteria that the Committee on Requests for Personal Data will use
in reviewing and recommending disposition when an application for
personal data is received.
(b) The Commissioner and/or his designee shall appoint
a Committee on Requests for Personal Data (Committee) that serves
in an advisory capacity. The committee reviews and makes recommendations
regarding requests for personal data to be used for research purposes
or for the official use of governmental agencies.
(1) If the department receives a request for personal
data, the release of which has been determined to be legally discretionary,
and there is a question as to whether the data should be released,
the request shall be referred to the committee for its review and
recommendation. The committee will review the request and make a recommendation
regarding release to the commissioner or his designee.
(2) The committee will require each applicant for personal
data to complete the application form as prescribed by the committee.
(3) If the personal data is released, a copy of the
final project report, any publication, or presentation must be furnished
to the committee. The department will be given credit as the source
of the data.
(4) It is department policy to disapprove applications
involving contact with any person, institution, or agency identified
on the record unless the committee determines that there are substantial
overriding reasons for the contact.
(5) It is department policy to disapprove applications
involving research that does not serve a valid scientific or public
(6) The Vital Statistics Unit shall charge the statutory
fee for each vital record research copy as provided in the Health
and Safety Code, §191.0045.
(7) Personal data application requests need to be submitted
to the department's Institutional Review Committee if any of the following
apply to the requested research:
(A) sponsored by the department;
(B) conducted by or under the direction of department
employees or agents;
(C) conducted by or under the direction of department
employees or agents using department property of facilities, or;
(D) involves the use of department nonpublic information
to identify or contact human research subjects or prospective subjects.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §181.11 adopted to be effective May 10, 1988, 13 TexReg 2032; amended to be effective July 3, 2003, 28 TexReg 4904; amended to be effective August 11, 2013, 38 TexReg 4896