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Informing participants and seeking consent

Last updated on 19 Mar 2018

With the Medical Research Council (MRC) we provide an online tool that gives guidance on the preparation of participant information sheets (PIS) and consent forms. We do not expect applicants to simply follow a template, so our guidance will help you to design appropriate and proportionate information.

Our online consent guidance;

  • 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; and
  • May be downloaded as a PDF, if required.

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