Clinical Trial Volunteer’s Bill of Rights

Any volunteer who gives his or her consent to participare in a clinical trial or who is asked to give his or her consent on behald of another has the following rights:

  • To be told the pupose of the clinical trial
  • To be told about all of the risks, side effects or discomforts that might be resonably expected
  • To be told of any benefits that can be resonably expected
  • To be told what will happen in the study and whether any procedures, drugs, or devices are different than those that are used as standard medical treatment
  • To be told about options available and how they may be better or worse than being in a clinical trial
  • To be allowed to ask any questions about the trial before giving consent and at any time during the course of the study
  • To be allowed ample time, without pressure, to decide whether to consent or not consent to participate
  • To refuse to participate, for any reason, before and after the trial has started
  • To receive a signed and dated copy of the informed consent form
  • To be told of any medical treatments available if complications occur during the trial


Informed Consent: A Guide to the Risks and Benefits of Volunteering for Clinical Trials

Last updated on Dec 10, 2019