Project Number

HCD Research J8873

Study Management

Legal Entity company name and address

Primary Research Company:

HCD Research

260 US 202/31 North, Liberty Court Suite 1000

Flemington, NJ 08822 USA

 

Affiliated Study Sponsors:

World Taste and Smell Day Association - USA

Monell Chemical Senses Center - USA

Primary Researcher

Dr. Michelle Niedziela, PhD; VP of Innovation and Research at HCD Research

Fieldwork agency name

PureSpectrum and HCD Research

Fieldwork Responsible Person

Cara Silvestri; Senior Client Manager at HCD Research

Fieldwork Contact Details

cara.silvestri@hcdi.net; 551-427-3542

For privacy related requests, please contact rich.berke@hcdi.net.

Invitation

You are invited to take part in this study. Your participation is voluntary, which means you can choose whether or not you want to participate. If you choose not to participate, there will be no loss of benefits to which you are otherwise entitled. It is important for you to understand, prior to consenting to participate, the purpose, procedures, and risks of the study. This consent document also describes your right to withdraw from the study at any time. Please take time to read the following information carefully. Please be aware that even after giving consent, you may withdraw from the study at any time without giving a reason.

Study Details

What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of this research is to understand and estimate the sensory and psychosocial value of the senses of taste and smell in the present COVID-19 pandemic, particularly when placed against the senses vision, hearing, and against other commodities.

What am I being asked to do?

In this study, you are being asked to answer questions in a survey estimated to take ten minutes to complete. In this test, you will answer questions about the senses of smell, vision, hearing, and taste. You will also be asked for some information about yourself and your health.

Your test results will be analysed by the study team and they may be used in the future to answer other research questions.

Do I have to take part?

Your participation is voluntary and you may decide to stop at any time. You do not have to answer any questions that you do not want to answer.

What are the possible risks of taking part?

This study has minimal risks. There are no known physical risks in completing this study. Efforts will be made to limit the use and sharing of your personal research information to people who have a need to review this information. There is a risk of loss of confidentiality if someone other than the investigators obtains your information or your identity, but precautions will be taken to prevent this from happening. The confidentiality of your electronic data created by you or by the researchers will be maintained as required by applicable US, Canadian, and to the extent reasonably possible, UK and EU law and to the degree permitted by the technology used. Absolute confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.

Information in this study may be shared with other researchers belonging to the research team, specifically Dr. Michelle Niedziela at HCD Research.

What Personal Information will be collected and how will it be used?

Personal Information will be collected from this survey. 

From this study, the following data will be collected:

  • the answers to the survey.
  • your informed consent, that you have read and agree to all study details.
  • any feedback and opinions that you provide in connection with the study (Study Feedback).

You will only be identified in any Study Feedback, and throughout evaluation of that Study Feedback, by the volunteer code allocated to you in respect of the study.

Who can see or use my information? How will my personal information be protected?

Your test results will be analysed by the study team for the study purpose and they may be used in the future to answer other research questions. Information collected in this study may also be shared with other researchers. Every attempt will be made by the investigators to maintain all information collected in this study strictly confidential, except as may be required by court order or by law. The following people may have access your personal information:

  • the World Taste and Smell Day Association Board members and affiliates.
  • the Monell Chemical Senses Center Human Subject Committee.
  • Researchers, analysts, and programmers from HCD Research who will perform and oversee the study.

If any publication or presentation results from this research, or if the information collected in this study is shared with other researchers, you will not be identified by name. 

At the conclusion of the study, the data will be used for analysis and manuscript preparation by the research team at the Monell Center. No publications or presentations will identify the participants except in terms of age and gender. At the conclusion of the analysis and publication stage, the paper data will be archived along with the computer files and maintained for a period of 7 years in accordance with National Institutes of Health (NIH) criteria. After that time, the data will be destroyed. 

Consent to Collect, Use, Store, and Process Personal Information under European Union privacy rules (GDPR – General Data Protection Regulations)

As part of this study, the research team will be collecting, using, storing, and processing the research information that you will provide in connection with the research for the purposes described in this Consent for Research. The United States does not have the same laws to protect your research data as Canada, the UK and EU/EEA. However, HCD Research is committed to protecting the confidentiality of your personal information. For more information you can find our research privacy policy at http://www.hcdi.net/marketing-research-privacy-policy/ and/or you may contact HCD Research at: privacy@hcdi.netwith the subject line, “privacy” or in writing to HCD Research, Attention: Privacy Officer, 260 U.S. Highway 202/31 North, Liberty Court Suite 1000, Flemington, New Jersey 08822 or by phone: 00 1 (908) 788-9393.

If you are in the European Union, to the extent possible* all personal research information that you provide in connection with the research study will be collected, used, stored, and processed in accordance with the provisions of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (“Regulation on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data”), as well as all other applicable laws. These laws and regulations, depending on the type of information involved, provide you certain rights with regard to your personal information. You may elect to withdraw your consent to the collection, use, storing, and processing of your personal research information prior to completing the research procedures described in this Consent for Research. If you decide to withdraw your consent during the study, to the extent required by law and we are able to identify you from the information retained as part of this study, any personal research information you have already provided will be destroyed or deleted, and will no longer be collected, used, stored, or processed. You may also withdraw your consent to the use, storing, and processing of your personal research information from the research study after your participation in the study has ended. To the extent required by law, if you withdraw your consent to the use, storing, and processing of your personal research information after the study has been completed your personal research information will be destroyed or deleted, and will no longer be collected, used, stored, or processed.

No other study personnel will have access to your identity in data recorded as part of this study. Information that is disclosed publicly (e.g. reports, presentations or publications) concerning this study will not contain your identity and will not contain information that will allow your identity to be revealed.

*Note: On July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) published its judgment in the Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland Limited, Maximillian Schrems (C-311/18) (the Schrems II case). In its judgment, the CJEU declared the EU-US Privacy Shield – one of the primary data transfer mechanisms for the safe and free flow of data between EU and US organizations – invalid, therefore invalidating the previous European Union adequacy decision of the EU-US Privacy Shield.

Study Confidentiality – Participants’ Obligations

Your participation in this study and information you receive during the study must be kept confidential by you. You are obligated to answer the questions truthfully and to the best of your ability.

Reimbursements

You will not be given reimbursement to compensate for your time taken to participate in this study.

Informed Consent Form

Declaration by Volunteer:

Check one box

Yes

No

I have read the information provided to me in above and I understand the purpose of the study described.

I understand that I am free to withdraw from the study at any time without having to give a reason.

I agree to volunteer as a participant for the study as described above.

I am over the age of 18 years.

I agree to my personal data being processed as set out in this Volunteer Information Sheet.

By selecting “I Agree” below, you signify that you have read, understand, indicate your consent to the uses and agree with these terms.

(Select one)