Information letter and consent form (ICF)

It is important to properly inform research participants and, where appropriate, obtain their consent. The Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences provides templates to be used as guidelines by FPPW researchers when developing the information letter and consent form (ICF).

The templates are not a literal prescription of how an ICF should be written, but describe the information that an ICF should contain. The templates are modular so that they can be easily adapted for varying settings. The wording should also be adapted to the target group (e.g. youngsters).

Besides the templates themselves, some good examples are also provided.

Templates

  • ICF-template with public interest as legal ground
    This template can only be used when 'public interest' is the legal basis for processing personal data. See this page for more information.
  • ICF-sjabloon anonymous
    This template can only be used when no personal data are collected. This means that the data collection is completely anonymous. In other words, the researcher does not have any personal data of the participants at any time. For more information about personal data, see this research tip.

Examples

On the link below, you will find a portfolio of ICF examples created on the basis of the above templates.

Important

  • If you wish to use other (external) templates, you must submit a motivated request to the EC.
  • If you have to submit an application to the Medical Ethics Committee, you should use the HIRUZ ICF templates.
  • If you have any questions or problems with the preparation of an ICF, please contact rso.pp@ugent.be.