Skip to Content

Resources :: Guide :: Ethnographic research :: Informed consent :: Documenting consent

Documenting Consent

The federal regulations divide the consent discussion into two sections: the actual conversation that you have with participants and the information you provide as well as the way that you document their consent. While it may be necessary for you to discuss the consent issues with your participant using an Oral Consent Card (as described in the previous page), you must also consider how you will document consent. The legally accepted method for documenting consent is through a signed document. Please review the Documenting Consent section for more information about the rules regarding consent documentation. Again, this method may not be appropriate for your participant population. If it is necessary for you to waive or alter your method for documenting consent, you need to provide justification and demonstrate that your study meets the requirements for altering the expected methods for documenting consent.

Previous :: Informed consent meeting
Next :: Return to ethnography