Article | December 14, 2022

Regulatory And Ethical Considerations For eConsent In Research

Source: Advarra

By Lauren Hartsmith, Director, Regulatory Affairs


In the last few years, the clinical research industry has seen a bigger push for electronic informed consent (eConsent) than ever before. Although it’s becoming more widespread, there are currently no definitions for eConsent in the Human Subjects Protection– it’s a concept only described in guidance. eConsent typically refers to the use of electronic systems and processes to:

  • Convey information related to the study, and/or
  • Obtain and document informed consent

These parameters are broad and vague. eConsent can include something as small as research staff collecting an eSignature via PDF, or as large as using a comprehensive eConsent platform. Essentially, if any component of your informed consent process involves an electronic aspect, you’re conducting eConsent.


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