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When do I need to obtain assent?

Assent must Assent must be obtained from any individual(s), age 7 or above, capable of assenting, unless certain criteria are met. In these situations, a waiver of assent must be requested and approved by the IRB [see “How do I request a waiver of assent?”]. If a subject population or individual is not capable of providing assent, a justification must be made regarding the capability of the subject population or individual to assent (e.g. age, limited capacity, etc.). The IRB must concur with the justification regarding why the individual(s) are not capable of assenting.


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