NMC Message from Dr. Carlson - Updated DEC 21
All Informed consents, whether to be signed or as recruitment letter should include the following information:
If you have any questions about your rights as a research subject, you may contact Nebraska Methodist College’s Institutional Review Board, a group of people who are responsible to protect the rights of research subjects, by calling 402-354-7031 (ask to speak to the IRB Chair).
The NMC IRB has taken the position that any exempt or non-research projects that intend to recruit participants specifically for such projects, must provide a consent form or agreement form/letter. Documentation of consent in the form of participant signature may not be needed.
The information provided to participants must include at minimum 1) the purpose of the project, 2) a general description of the project (procedures to be followed and expected duration, 3) a description of how confidentiality will be maintained, 4) explanation of who to contact for questions, 5) statement that participation is voluntary, and 6) any other information that a reasonable participant would want to know before participating in the project.
The consent forms have updated language for readability. If the study qualifies for a waiver of documentation (signed) Consent form, an information letter with the same information must be provided to participants. All documents may be modified to meet the needs of the study.
Use this template for all research consent forms
If the study qualifies for a waiver of documentation (signed) Consent form, a Recruitment Letter with the same information must be provided to participants. The signature lines are then removed. All documents may be modified to meet the needs of the study.
Use this Agreement Letter for exempt studies in which you are not required to obtain a signature. For any study determined as research, a Waiver for Documentation of Consent is required if no signature is being obtained from participants (i.e. electronic surveys).
This form is only a template and some sections may not be appropriate or additional information should be added.
Use this Agreement Letter for projects not determined to be research, whether a signature is obtained or not.
All consent forms should be written at the 5th to 8th grade reading level for adults.
Assent forms for children ages 7 and older should be at the level appropriate for the child.