Consent Form Translations

The IRB has revised its requirements for review and approval of documents translated into languages other than English.

For Minimal Risk studies (approved via expedited review):

Please contact the IRB office regarding your plan for translating approved English-versions of study materials.

For More than Minimal Risk studies (research that receives Full Board Review):

Once the English material has been approved by the IRB, the investigator will be required to have it translated by an IRB-approved translator (listed below). The translated document should be written at no more than an eighth grade reading level, as per IRB policy for all consent forms.

The translator must certify that the translated document is an accurate and complete translation of the approved English document by either stamping each page of the translated document or providing a written certification that the translation is consistent in content, style and level of readability with the IRB-approved document. The translated documents, with the certification, should then be submitted to the IRB, along with a copy of the stamped English consent form and/or additional material submitted for translation. The translated forms may not be used until they have also been stamped and approved by the IRB.

In addition, to ensure that there is adequate communication between the research team and research participants during the course of the study, investigators must agree that there will be at least one person on the research team who will be able to communicate with non-English speaking participants in their own language. 

Following are translation services that we know to be acceptable:

The Columbia Hispanic Translation Center


(Contact: Magaly Garcia)

30¢/word (Spanish only)


RIC International, Inc.


(Contact: Michael White)

Contact RIC for a free quote: may be between 18¢ - 42¢ per word, depending on the language


Global Language Solutions, Inc. (GLS)

1-949-798-1400 x224

(Contact: Matt Montoya)

Contact GLS for a free quote: may be between 25¢ - 30¢ per word, depending on the language


Affordable Language Services