As part of our continued efforts to improve the IRB application and review process, we have developed new ICF templates that address the issues identified by our stakeholders:

  • Different templates have been created for different types of studies (SBER, Biomed, etc.)
  • Guidance language has been added to each template to reduce confusion about which template to use, as well as how to complete sections
  • The Key Information section has been simplified
  • An Assent Template has been created, with guidance included to identify applicable populations
  • All language utilized is at the 8th grade reading level, and has been improved to promote clarity of instructions
  • The template has been shortened and simplified to facilitate completion
  • All signatures have been moved to the end of the document
These new and improved ICF templates replace all previous versions posted to our site as of May 17th, 2023; any new intakes initiated within WRG-HS as of June 12th, 2023, must utilize these new templates.

Make sure your Informed Consent is a readable document!

See our Guidance Document on how to prepare a readable consent form

See our list of Medical Terms in Lay Language for use in Informed Consent Forms

Frequently Asked Questions 

Will I have to start using these new consents today?


They will be available starting 5/17 on the WCM IRB website, but you can continue to use the existing templates. Any new studies initiated in WRG-HS starting 6/12, must use the new ICF templates.

Do I have to transition my existing study consent(s) to these new templates?


Any existing study using the previous consent templates can continue to use their IRB-approved consent. Any new studies initiated in WRG-HS starting 6/12, must use the new ICF templates.

Do these new ICF templates need to be used under a ceded/sIRB study with an external IRB as the IRB of record?


Studies with an external IRB are expected to use consent forms provided by the lead IRB. Once the externally reviewed ICF is provided to the WCM IRB, we will conduct a local context review to confirm any required language (i.e. research-related injury, NYS Genetic testing requirements, etc.). The new WCM ICF templates are available as a resource if needed, but not required for externally reviewed studies.

If I am updating my protocol and the change requires an update to the ICF, will I need to use the new ICF templates?


You can continue to use the same ICF.