Research projects involving human subjects require obtaining consent of the participants, and in the case of subjects younger than age 17 or subjects who cannot give their consent, parents or guardians. Consent forms detail the rights of the participating human subject. The participant must be given a copy of this form, and sign his or her signature at the bottom of the form to indicate that he or she understands his or her rights. The human subject cannot participate in the research until this form has his or her signature.
Consent documents must be included with an application to the HSRC. They should be simply written so that they can be easily understood by the average person. Do not use technical jargon or abbreviations. The following basic elements must be included in a consent document:
For guidance, the HSRC has provided a sample consent document (for adults), and a sample consent/assent document (for minors).
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