From:                                         Teller, Alan

Sent:                                           Thursday, April 01, 2010 5:12 PM

To:                                               ''

Subject:                                     Informed Consent/Surrogate Consent Policy


The Columbia IRB has released a revised informed consent policy that allows the use of surrogate consent for research that provides the prospect of direct benefit to subjects and for which the IRB has approved the surrogate consent.  The new policy on surrogate consent can be found on pages 6 and 7 of the “Informed Consent Policy” that was revised on 4-1-10. 

The revised policy has also removed the requirement of handing subjects a copy of a “signed” consent form. The Columbia IRB strongly recommends such a practice in accordance with the GCP guidelines.  All research subjects must be given a copy of the consent form when a signed consent form is required by the IRB.


The policy can be found at




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