Ethics

Forms and documents

Informed consent procedure

During the process of obtaining informed consent from participants, the researcher(s) must provide information that is comprehensible for the target population, and made available beforehand as much as possible (so the subject can make a well thought decision). Goord

An informed participation letter regards:

  • voluntariness of participation;
  • nature, purpose and duration of the research;
  • procedures, including the expected duration and the extend of strain for participants;
  • reasonably foreseeable factors that may be expected to influence participants’ willingness to participate, such as potential risks, discomfort, adverse effects and benefits;
  • right to decline to participate and withdraw from the research once participation has begun, without any negative consequences, and without providing any explanation;
  • recording of voices and images, where applicable (see also paragraph H in the Dutch code of ethics, link below);
  • confidentiality protection and limitations thereof;
  • procedures for incidental findings (if applicable);
  • applicable insurance guarantees (see also I);
  • period of time to which the consent applies;
  • re-use of specified data in the current, future or other research, where applicable;
  • incentives for participation;
  • names and details of the responsible researcher and contact person(s) for questions about the research and rights of research participants;
  • participants should be  informed on the fact that/told that data will be stored and encrypted for a certain period of time.

There are some more points to consider in the informed consent procedure, see the Code of Ethics for Research in the Social and Behavioural Sciences involving Human participants [Update of the document available soon]


Informed Consent forms:
Here you can find a standard informed consent form in both English as in Dutch. It is an example, which can be used as a template for your own, customized version. Before signing the informed consent form, participants needs to be provided with sufficiently detailed information on the study so that they can make an informed, voluntary and rational decision to participate.