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:

  1. Learn the nature and purpose of the experiment (also called study or clinical trial).
  2. Receive an explanation of the procedures and any drug or device to be used.
  3. Receive a description of any discomforts and risks that you could experience from the study.
  4. Learn about any benefits you might expect from the study.
  5. Learn about the risks and benefits of any other available procedures, drugs or devices that might be helpful to you.
  6. Learn what medical treatment will be made available to you if you should be injured because of the study.
  7. Ask any questions about the study or the procedures involved.
  8. Quit the study at any time. Your decision will not be used as an excuse to hold back necessary medical treatment.
  9. Receive a copy of the signed and dated consent form.
  10. Decide to consent or not to consent to a study without feeling force, obligation, or coercion.