What you'll get from this guide
Guidance on when, how and by whom consent for treatment or research should be sought.
An understanding of how to ensure that the consent obtained is valid.
Information about how to respond when patients refuse consent.
How to use this guide
This guidance will provide you with the key legal and ethical considerations you need to take into account when seeking consent for treatment or research, and signposts to other sources of support and information.
It is not a set of rules or instructions, or a substitute for careful reflection and discussion with colleagues. You can seek additional advice on specific dilemmas from the BMA’s medical ethics and human rights department, the GMC, or your medical defence organisation.