Flowcharts deferred consent for medical research in emergency situations

CCMO has drawn up flowcharts to clarify when and if medical research involving subjects is allowed to take place in emergency situations.

Article 6, paragraph 4 of the Medical Research Involving Human Subjects Act (WMO) states that, under strict conditions, subjects may participate in medical research in emergency situations without their (or their legal representative's) prior written consent. The WMO is not clear about when exactly this article may be applied.

In order to clarify this situation, the CCMO has drawn up a memorandum with two flowcharts. The first flowchart describes in which situations deferred consent is allowed regarding medical research in emergency situations. The second flowchart describes the steps that must be taken to obtain deferred consent and the use of data already collected.