UF IRB Provides Updates on Electronic Informed Consent Forms (eIC or eConsent) and Telephonic Consent

The research community is showing increasing interest in using electronic media to supplement or replace paper-based informed consent processes. An eIC may be used to provide information usually contained within the written informed consent document, evaluate the subject’s comprehension of the information presented, and document the consent of the subject or the subject’s legally authorized representative (LAR). The UF IRB has approved the REDCap version of the eIC process, and confirmed that it meets all local and federal consenting requirements. If you wish to use REDCap as your eIC option, please review our Electronic Informed Consent Forms – eIC Guideline.

The IRB must approve the use of telephonic consent as part of your routine consenting process. Unanticipated telephone consent may be allowed for certain situations, but if you perceive the need for a telephone consent process as a standard part of your research, you will need to submit a revision to your study. For more information and telephonic consent procedures, please review the IRB’s Telephonic Consent Guideline. Please also review the IRB’s Telephone Script for Recruiting Subjects Guideline as typically, a script is required when using telephonic consent.

Reminder: Go to IRB’s website to ensure you are using the most current documents and templates.

To ensure you are using the most current version, download the latest documents from the IRB website. As an example, the IRB has made minor administrative updates to the CORE and Brief Core Consents; these template documents are available on the IRB website.