Coronavirus (COVID-19) - our advice for doctors

We recognise that this is a very difficult and worrying time for doctors. Our professional standards provide a framework for ethical decision making in a wide range of situations. They should be followed as far as practical in the circumstances. We're regularly updating our advice for doctors as the situation develops.

Consent to research (summary)

Getting consent from those who participate in research is vital. In this guidance we look at how you can make sure that consent is valid and informed. We also highlight when you will need written consent and when you might need to share what you are doing with others.

Additional consideration should be given to some groups of participants. We’ve included more detailed advice if your research participant is: 

  • a child or young person 
  • a vulnerable adult       
  • an adult who does not have capacity.

There is also a section on what to do if you want to carry out research in an emergency situation or research involving human tissue. 

This guidance came into effect 4 May 2010