CDO - Compliance and Data Office

The Compliance and Data Office (CDO) provides researchers with support, advice, and guidance for the research documentation, data management, US compliance, clinical trials management and support, and system management, Data Science Node.

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The CDO’s international multidisciplinary team combines multiple academic backgrounds with professional experiences from academia, healthcare, and industry. CDO offers a wide range of professional services within the following domains:  

Research documentation

The Electronic Logbook (ELN) is the platform of choice for the electronic research documentation at KI. It is mandatory for KI researchers to document their research electronically using the ELN. 

The ELN coordinators team provides guidance and support to the group leaders, the KI ELN users and superusers, either by managing individual inquiries or by holding ELN workshops after request. The team is also responsible for providing up to date information, guides, manuals, and demos.  

Research data management 

We provide KI's researchers with advice and support regarding

In collaboration with the KI legal team, we are managing cases where personal data are transferred between parties. We review the cases from the compliance perspective e.g. ethics, existing contracts and assess the responsibilities of the parties regarding personal data e.g. data processor, independent data controller, joint controllers. We are also responsible for the provision of suitable agreement templates. 

Clinical trials management

Clinical trials registration and reporting

We provide guidance and support to KI’s researchers with the registrations for clinical trials and clinical studies in the different clinical trial registries, the identification of the clinical trial registry is best suited for each study or trial, the setup of accounts and registration in the and CTIS registries and the reporting of results for your clinical trial in CTIS and EudraCT.

Ethical review application support

We assist the KI’s researchers to address the ethical considerations regarding the ethical review application. We provide advice whether there is a need to apply for an ethical review for your research proposal, if you will need and amendment to your initial ethical approval, how to reason when choosing your responsible research principal, if you need to add participating research principals and how to fill in your ethical review application.

System management

We are responsible for managing the following systems which are broadly used by the KI researchers. 
CFM/iLab  Core facility management system specifically designed for the needs and workflows of core facilities.
DMPOnline  System for data management plans.
 iThenticate Plagiarism detection system. 
KI ELN Electronic research documentation system, replacing paper research logbooks and lab notebooks.  
Pivot-RP Database for finding global funding opportunities.
Prisma Funding calls and application portal. 
REDCap System for building and managing surveys and forms in order to collect and analyze data.

Data Science Node 

KI is the host for the Data Science Node (DSN) within Precision Medicine & Diagnostics (PMD), part of the SciLifeLab & Wallenberg National Program for Data-Driven Life Science. The DSN provides research support within data management systems and services, as well as project specific bioinformatic support connected to WABI at NBIS.

US compliance 

The US compliance team is responsible to coordinate the US awards granted to the KI researchers. As US compliance specialists we assure compliance with the US, EU and Swedish legal requirements.

  • Financial: we are responsible for the contract management of US federal awards, financial review, reporting and auditing. 
  • Ethics: we provide support with the ethical submission phase and development of patient information to meet with the KI compliance requirements.
  • Nonfinancial compliance: CDO keeps KI registration in federal US systems required to apply for grants and reporting up to date. We also report to the US Office of Research Integrity per NIH requirements on research misconduct or suspected research misconduct.   
  • KI Institutional Review Board (IRB) is managed by the CDO in terms of suggesting members, meeting management and registrations.


Research Data Office 
US compliance 

Address: Karolinska Institutet
Compliance & Data Office
171 77 Stockholm

Visiting address: Nobels väg 15A, Solna


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