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What constitutes a minor/child?

According to the federal regulations, children are “persons who have not attained the legal age for consent to treatments or procedures involved in the research, under the applicable law of jurisdiction in which the research will be conducted.” Per Indiana State Law, “minors” are defined as “persons less than 18 years of age;” therefore, are considered “children” for the purposes of the regulations. EXCEPTION: According to Indiana State Law, a minor may consent for himself/herself if any of the following are true:


  • By law the minor is considered emancipated;
  • The minor is at least fourteen (14) years of age, not dependent on a parent for support, is living apart from parents or from an individual in loco parentis; AND is managing his/her
  • own affairs;
  • The minor is or has been married;
  • The minor is in the military service of the United States; OR
  • The minor is authorized to consent to the health care by any other statue.


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