Below are instructions on how you, as a recommended researcher, can create your PEER account, and begin accessing the data in the 'Search Registry Data' feature.

1) Your organization should have sent you an invitation to access PEER for Research as a recommended researcher. You will receive an email from Private Access, the technology partner for the platform, that says:


You have been assigned following role for your Private Access account:

Username : [your email]

Role : [your organization's registry name] ADMIN

You can access your account

Private Access

2) Click the link in your email invite to open PEER for Research and click on Create Account at the top right hand corner of the page.

3) Fill out the Enter email address field under First time user?. Use the same email address where you received your invitation, or the system may get confused.

4) Check the box indicating you are over 18 years old.

5) Then click the Sign up button.

6) Choose your username and password.

Your username must be at least eight characters long.
Your password must:

  • Be at least eight characters long
  • Contain at least one capital letter
  • Contain at least one lowercase letter
  • Contain at least one number

Write your username and password down for your records.

7) Next, choose three challenge questions and fill in answers for the system to remember, for protecting your security. Write these down for your records, too.

8) Continue by choosing an image and entering an image caption. This whole process is part of secure sign-on, to guard your information.

9) Review and accept the End User License Agreement.

10) Next, fill in the fields on the Contact Information screen.

First name, last name, and zip are required; the remaining such as address, apartment number and phone number are optional.

Your contact information will only be used to send you email notifications about your account, and to support your activities as a professional user. The only time your contact information would be shared with others would be if you later chose to join a PEER registry as a participant, and shared your contact information there.

11) On the What organization do you belong to screen, click on the "I do not belong to any organization box." You will then be asked to enter a link to your bio. PEER requires all professional users to enter a link to their bio, as this helps us to verify that you are, in fact, who you say you are.

Your bio may be a link to a staff page, or something else such as a link to your profile on LinkedIn. When you enter the link to your bio, be sure to include http:// or https://, or the system won’t recognize the link!

12) Private Access will send you an email with a link to activate your account.

13) Open your email (the same account as before) and click on the activation link that has been sent to you. The email will be from moc.sseccaetavirp|ylper-on#moc.sseccaetavirp|ylper-on and will look something like this.

Welcome to Private Access!

Our records indicate that you asked to sign up for a service that employs Private Access to ensure that you have been given proper consent by any participant to discover any data, view any contact information, or export any data from within the system you are registering with. If you did not make such a request, then please ignore this message.

In order to complete the sign up process, you must confirm your enrollment by clicking on the activation link provided below.

Click here to activate your account now!

Thank you,
The Private Access Team

15) Login to your new account and access your portal in PEER for Research.

16) To access participant and survey data, navigate to the 'Search Registry Data' feature on the left-hand menu.

Congratulations on this first step!

You can access your portal at any time using the link