Audio/Video Consent

If taping is required of all participants, it must be discussed in the main Consent Form under a separate subheading.

If taping is optional, a separate Consent Form is required for the taping component. It should be noted in the main Consent Form that a separate form will be provided.

In either case, informed consent depends upon providing subjects with a full description of the purpose, procedures, risks and benefits of audio- and/or videotaping.

  • Indicate the purpose of the tapes.

  • Indicate who will see or hear the tapes.

  • Indicate how long tapes will be kept (generally up to a maximum of 10 years).

  • Inform potential subjects that consent may be withdrawn at any time and that tapes can be erased either during or after the interview or procedure.

  • Indicate whether taping is a requirement of study participation.

  • If taping is not a requirement of study participation, the form should indicate that if the subject does not consent to be taped, or later decides to withdraw consent, it will not affect participation (or treatment, if applicable) in any way.

  • If tapes will be used for professional or educational purposes (e.g., meetings, presentations), this should be made clear and it should be specified that the subject's name will not be used. (If you intend to use a subject's name in connection with audio- or videotapes, you must provide a separate checkbox on the form to authorize the use of his or her name.) The following language is suggested for the consent form:

    There may, however, be unforeseen risks related to professional audience members viewing tapes and recognizing you by sight. Prior to viewing videotapes, audience members will be instructed to excuse themselves from the room if they recognize the participants in the tapes by sight. The audience will also be told that they may not use audio taping or cameras of any kind while the video is being played.