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Sample Consent Forms


Informed Consent - Required Components (updated 01/14)
Sample Informed Consent - Unsigned (updated 01/14)
Sample Parental Consent

Sample Child Assent - Short (updated 05/14)

Telephone Script (updated 01/14)

Sample Informed Consent - Focus Groups (updated 02/14)

REMEMBER: if the subject is under the age of 18, parental consent is required.  This includes college students under the age of 18.

Informed consent is one of the primary ethical requirements underlying human subjects research, reflecting the principle of respect for potential subjects.  Informed consent assures that prospective human subjects understand the nature of the research and can decide knowledgeably and voluntarily whether or not to participate.  This provides assurance protecting all parties involved, as investigators can face legal penalties without it.


Guidelines for Constructing a Consent Form 

  • Replace technical terms with ordinary language
  • Write in the second person, "You," -- for example: "You are invited to participate in a research project. You will be asked to..."
  • Do not make coercive statements such as "you understand that... you have been told that..."
  • Use active tense rather than passive tense verbs ("We did" rather than "It was done")
  • Write short sentences, and generally be concise
  • Use headings for paragraphs
  • Allow adequate white space
  • Avoid fine print

If you are considering a waiver or alteration of consent, please review our guidance here.

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