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This module is designed to provide an informative overview of the key concepts of informed consent that will benefit qualified physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, research scientists, and clinical research professionals.

It is also designed to provide a detailed explanation of all the components of a complete and appropriate consent form, as well as guidance for the creation and appropriate wording of these components.

Featured Topics 

  • Identification of situations that require consent
  • Proper methods of gaining consent
  • Writing consent forms and related documents for studies with different characteristics

Who Should Attend 

  • Physicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Research scientists
  • Clinical research professionals
  • Professionals attending DIA training courses who seek supplemental information for use in other courses, such as those dealing with regulations

Learning Objectives 

Participants who complete this course should be able to:

  • Define informed consent and identify the key overall characteristics of the process
  • Identify situations that would require informed consent, and exceptions to consent
  • Explain the proper methods of communicating with and gaining consent from various populations of potential study subjects
  • Identify common problems with completed consent forms
  • Write a complete and appropriate consent form
  • Determine which consent form components are necessary based on the characteristics of the study and potential study subjects
  • Analyze completed consent forms for comprehensiveness, appropriateness, and accuracy
  • Describe the difference between short and long consent forms, and explain when each is appropriate
  • Summarize changes to informed consent under HIPAA

The module takes an average of 3.5 hours to complete.

Contact Information 

Linda Belmont, DIA
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Technical Requirements 

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Continuing Education 

ACPE: The Drug Information Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. The Drug Information Association designates this educational activity for up to 3.5 contact hours or .35 CEUs. 0286-0000-14-410-H04-P Type of Activity: Application

Release Date: March 1, 2005
Reviewed and Updated: February 27, 2006
Reviewed and Updated: February 27, 2007
Reviewed and Updated: February 12, 2008
Reviewed and Updated: February 1, 2011
Reviewed and Updated: February 1, 2014
Expiration Date: February 1, 2017 *

*Continuing education credit is available to participants who successfully complete the eLearning program before the expiration date.

Name Credit Type Max Credits CEU
Informed Consent ACPE 3.50 0.350

Disclosure Policy:

It is DIA policy that anyone in a position to control the content of a continuing education activity must disclose to the program audience (1) any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest related to the content of their presentation and/or the educational activity, and (2) discussions of unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or medical devices. Disclosure statements will be included in the course materials.

Statement of Credit:

In order to receive any continuing education credit for this module, you must complete the module and pass the module exam by midnight on the expiration date. You can still access the module for up to one year from date of registration.

Registration Fees 

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