Human Participation - Low Risk Forms

Forms

If a project is of very low risk, consent is implied by just agreeing to participate.

  1. Request for Information. If you have any questions about your project, and want to be sure it is eligible for presentation, you can request advice and a ruling from the ethics committee of your regional science fair:
    1. Download this Request for Advice or a Ruling.
    2. Fill it in.
    3. Follow the instructions at the end of the form.
  2. Informed Consent. Before humans participate in a project, they must give their informed consent.
    1. Informed Consent - Letter of Information – example
    2. Informed Consent - Letter of Information - blank Use it to explain your project. Give one to every participant to keep.
    3. Informed Consent – Permission Form Every participant must sign one. The Adult Supervisor must store them securely. These must be shredded after the science fair season is over.
  3. Implied Informed Consent for Several Projects.  If a teacher is supervising many very low risk projects in a class, where every student is participating in several projects, it is best to have one form to give permission for each student to participate in all such projects.
    1. Implied Informed Consent - Letter of Information - blank.  Use it to list the projects.  Give one to every participant to keep.
    2. Implied Informed Consent - Permission Form. Every participant must sign one. The Adult Supervisor must store them securely. These must be shredded after the science fair season is over.
  4. Approval of Low Risk Projects. After you have finished your project, but before you arrive at the science fair:
    1. Download Form 4.1A Approval of Low Risk Projects.
    2. Fill it in and get it signed.
    3. Follow the instructions at the end of the form.
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