Declarations of consent

When you collect personal data (sensitive and non-sensitive) as part of a research project, informants’ participation should preferably take place on the basis of so-called informed consent. Consent will usually consist of (written) participant information, a document in which you set out the project followed by the actual consent form signed by the informant and, preferably, also by you.

If you are collecting information about children and adolescents (under the age of 18), you need the consent of their parents. It is generally only necessary that both parents or guardians consent if the investigation is "particularly intrusive"- e.g. in connection with medical treatment.

You should be able to document that the participant information has been delivered and that the informant has given his/her consent either by written consent or, for example, by recording the process of information and consent.

If you submit your project for approval to the Research Ethics Committee, the Committee will also assess the arrangement of the consent form that you have prepared for the project.