Assent Forms for Children

Assent is required for children (17 years of age and under) participating in a research study. Assent must be obtained in addition to parental consent.

A minor’s choice to participate is called “assent” because they cannot give consent. The form that documents this agreement is called an “assent form”. An assent means a child’s affirmative agreement to participate in research.

 The language of the assent form should be geared to the cognitive level of the children being asked to participate in the research study. Procedures that are not part of the child’s care need to be described as optional. Any information that can affect a child’s decision to take part should be included. The minor should be given explanation of the proposed research procedures, the purpose of the research, and any discomforts, in language that is appropriate to the child’s age, experience, maturity, and condition.

A particular child subject’s capacity to assent must be evaluated on an individual basis.

The assent template provided may be edited as needed for the particular protocol.

The person responsible for administering the assent form should maintain a pleasant facial expression. If the child wishes to stop during the testing, the person in charge should close the assent form and thank the child.

IRB Assent Form (for children 7-12 years old) (English - Arabic)
IRB Assent Form (for children 13-18 years old) (English - Arabic)