Waiver of Consent

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Waiver of Consent

One of the themes within the National Statement includes respect for human beings to be able to make their own choice about whether they would like to participate in a research project. This is known as ‘the requirement for consent’. However, the requirement for consent may sometimes be justifiably waived and as such participants will not know that they or perhaps their tissue or data are involved in research.

The National Statement states that ‘Only an HREC may grant waiver of consent for research using personal information in medical research, or personal health information. Other review bodies may grant waiver of consent for other research.’

The LNREC is able to provide ethical approval of waiver of consent for research that is considered no more than low risk and where the information collected as part of the research project is not personal/personal health information.

The NH HREC & LNREC strictly follow the guidelines of the National Statement when considering an application requesting waiver of consent.

Researchers should refer to the National Statement, Chapter 2.3.9 – 2.3.12, when submitting an application requesting waiver of consent.