Confidentiality Agreements

A Confidentiality Disclosure Agreement ("CDA") may also be referred to as a Nondisclosure Agreement, Secrecy Agreement or Confidentiality Agreement. The purpose of this type of agreement is to ensure that confidential information belonging to a party (or parties) to the agreement is protected. The CDA can be "one-way" when, for example, a sponsor is providing information to a PI so that he/she can determine if he/she wishes to participate sponsor's study. The CDA may be a two-way agreement when the PI and sponsor will both be disclosing confidential information in their discussions with one another. Both types of these CDAs are available in the Forms & Tools. If the sponsor-provided CDA does not require an institutional signature, review by OCM is not required. If an institutional signature is required, or if VUMC is a party to the agreement, OCM must review the CDA prior to signatures.

New CDAs must be submitted electronically via PEER. There is an expediated process for such submissions and processing of CDAs and fast-tracked.

How will OCM handle your CDA?

  • New CDAs are promptly assigned to a Contract Analyst.
  • After reviewing the document, the Contract Analyst will contact the Sponsor with requested revisions. The PI and/or administrator that submitted the CDA to our office will be on all related correspondence.
  • The Contract Analyst will continue to work with the Sponsor and PI and/or administrator until the CDA is finalized.