Bill of Rights for Research Participants
If you are asked to consent be a subject in a research study, or if you are asked to consent for someone else, you have the right to:
- Learn the nature and purpose of the experiment (also called study or clinical trial).
- Receive an explanation of the procedures and any drug or device to be used.
- Receive a description of any discomforts and risks that you could experience from the study.
- Learn about any benefits you might expect from the study.
- Learn about the risks and benefits of any other available procedures, drugs or devices that might be helpful to you.
- Learn what medical treatment will be made available to you if you should be injured because of the study.
- Ask any questions about the study or the procedures involved.
- Quit the study at any time. Your decision will not be used as an excuse to hold back necessary medical treatment.
- Receive a copy of the signed and dated consent form.
- Decide to consent or not to consent to a study without feeling force, obligation, or coercion.