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All patient data will be made anonymous before being entered in the database. All further data processing is performed blinded to personal data of the participating patient. The contributing institutions are responsible to keep a file in a secure place with clear names and patient study IDs for reference purposes until the study has ended.

One month after the end of the exploratory study, this reference will be deleted, thus ensuring that the results are fully anonymous. The stored data will only refer to children’ age, gender and nationality (no other identifier will be kept).

Anonymization of participants will also cover images of patients, parents, their homes, etc. All clinicians involved are under the medical secret rule and will guarantee anonymity to each patient involved in the MICHELANGELO exploratory study. The project will include for each non clinician participant (e.g. engineer, data manager…) the obligation to sign an agreement declaring that he will follow the same rules.

The same approach will be applied for the control group. All study participants (obviously the parents of the autistic children) will be asked to give informed consent for that. Only the treating physician will keep the list of his/her participating patients with respect to identification.

The MICHELANGELO consortium will consult the ethical committee of the participating institutions.

The rules of the Convention of the Council of Europe for the protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data and especially the European Directive 95/46/EC will be strictly followed when addressing the ethical issues of MICHELANGELO.

In line with this directive and after notification by the Data Controller to the supervisory local Authority, MICHELANGELO will collect and process data by meeting the conditions of transparency (art. 7, 10 and 11 of the 95/46/EC Directive), legitimate purpose (art. 6b) and proportionality (art. 6, 8, 14 and 15).

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