Cancer Committee  |  Consent Templates

The informed consent document is only a component of the informed consent process. Researchers still need to have an informed discussion with, and respond to any questions raised by participants. Consent is also an ongoing process throughout the conduct of a research study to ensure participants remain informed and that their consent for participation is maintained. Consent is voluntary and should precede collection or access to research data.

The templates used will depend on the type of research being conducted. Consent documents are to be a part of the initial application submission to the committee and template instructions are to be followed. Failure to do so, may result in the application being returned.

If a waiver of consent is being requested, the researcher is responsible for providing the committee with a detailed rationale for the waiver. This rational needs to meet requirements of the TCPS2 and HIA.


HREBA Cancer Committee Templates:

HREBA Informed Consent Form Template for Participation in a Research Study – Updated 14 July 2022

*Updated to include an additional sentence on page 10 under the heading ‘Tissue Collection (Mandatory)’, sub instructional heading ‘If a fresh tissue sample is required’. The additional sentence reads “The procedure and risks will be fully discussed with you at the time of the biopsy, and your consent will be obtained“.

HREBA Informed Consent Form Template for Non-Clinical Trial Research – 01 February 2018

HREBA Optional Research Consent Template – Updated 01 May 2018

Consent to Contact Template – coming soon


Additional Requirements

There are extra consent form requirements for research that is sponsored or monitored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS – NIH, NCI, OHRP). Details are available in this memorandum.


Archived (was used prior to 31 Jan 2018):

Banking for Future Research Consent Form Template  (use Optional Research Consent Template)