- research is conducted in an ethical manner;
- risks to participants are minimal;
- participant selection is equitable; and
- participants are informed fully of the scope of participation and the potential risks and benefits of their participation.
For some studies, if you agree to participate, someone from the study will ask you for your “informed consent.” To give that consent, you may be asked to sign a form, but remember that informed consent is a process, not a form. If you have a question or concern about your participation at any time during the study, ask about it. After all, you need to be informed before you can give your consent.