Journal article

Consent in paecliatric research: an evaluation of the guidance provided in the 2007 NHMRC National statement on ethical conduct in human research

Merle P Spriggs, Lynn H Gillam

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

In 2007, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) released a revised National statement on ethical conduct in human research. Public submissions in the review process leading to the 2007 statement highlighted four main areas of concern: children's competence to consent, mature minors and the requirement for parental consent, whether children can refuse to participate, and the provision of information to children. A useful addition to the statement is the concept of levels of maturity, which help determine whether a child or young person's consent is necessary and/or sufficient for participation in research. Changes in terminology ("capacity" instead of "competence" and introd..

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