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Consent and participant information

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Participant information sheets and consent forms

HRA Guidance

The Health Research Authority has revised the previous National Research Ethics Service guidance on the design of participant information sheets and consent forms into an online format. The online version is now the definitive version of this guidance.

The online version:

  • Provides information on the principles of consent, recommended content as well as design and style of a participant information sheet and consent form.
  • Covers consent in adults, children, young people and adults not able to consent for themselves (in both emergency and non-emergency) and takes into account UK-wide requirements.
  • Has separate sections that provide examples, templates and useful links.
  • May be downloaded as a pdf if required.


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