Informed consent


The EUR templates contain items that are (conditionally) required when relevant to your research. You can combine and edit items if this is more suitable for your research.

The two templates currently available are:

  • Informed consent: available in Dutch (version September 2022) and English (version December 2021; to be updated soon).
  • Informed consent & public interest: This template can be used when personal data is processed on the basis of public interest. If you plan on using this template, please consult your privacy officer. This template is currently only available in Dutch. The English translation will follow soon.

This page will be updated frequently in the coming period. Be sure to check this page for the most up-to-date documents.

Information on this website is derived from Ethics in Social Science and Humanities, October 2018 (EU), and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Informed consent from an ethics perspective 

Most social science research endeavours are such that human participation requires evidence of the voluntary, free, and informed consent of those who contribute their time, insights, effort and data for the use of researchers. Informed consent, whether in writing (as is most usual) or given orally, is thus the default option.  

When preparing information sheets and consent forms, a checklist and questions to elucidate understanding may be helpful. The questions from the checklist are included in the informed consent template.

Informed consent from a privacy perspective

Whenever you are collecting personal data directly from research participants, you must seek their informed consent using a procedure that meets the minimum standards of the GDPR. This requires consent to be given by a clear affirmative act establishing a freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of the data subject's agreement to the processing of personal data relating to them. This may take the form of a written statement, which may be collected by electronic means, or of an oral statement. For additional details, see the documents Ethics and Data Protection, and the GDPR webpage​​​​​​. 

On this page, you will find a generic informed consent template: a combination of an information sheet with a certificate of consent, including explanation and examples is available. The checklist and GDPR requirements have been addressed in the template.  

Icons for the informed consent forms

To make informed consent forms easier to understand, for example for people with a reading disability, you can use icons. In SURFdrive you will find a sample of available icons. If the icons have to be adjusted to your needs or you have suggestions to improve the icons, please contact Iris Broersma. Also, feel free to share icons with us that you are already using.

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