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Consent to research

Getting consent from those who participate in research is vital. In this guidance we look at how you can make sure that consent is valid and informed. We also highlight when you will need written consent and when you might need to share what you are doing with others.

Additional consideration should be given to some groups of participants. We’ve included more detailed advice if your research participant is: 

  • a child or young person 
  • a vulnerable adult       
  • an adult who does not have capacity.

There is also a section on what to do if you want to carry out research in an emergency situation or research involving human tissue. 

This guidance came into effect 4 May 2010

Download the guidance

You can download the guidance in English or Welsh.