Sample Consent/Assent Forms

Sample Consent/Assent Forms

If the project requires the use of written informed consent or a child's assent, the IRB suggests that researchers adapt, as appropriate, the following sample forms and letters. Please write in lay language suited to the age and educational level of the participants, use a font size large enough to enable the participants to read the form easily, and avoid the use of jargon and technical terms.

NOTE: Items marked with an asterisk must be included regardless of format used (with the exception of the assent form for young children). Items without an asterisk should be included only if they are applicable to the proposed study.

Quotation marks are only markers for text and should be omitted on the consent form.

Importantly, you should adapt the form so that it conforms to your specific research project. You should also proofread the entire form for syntax and style, and you should use a consistent point-of-view throughout the document.