Informed Consent in Safeguarding Children: Pediatric Medical Countermeasure Research

Learning Objectives

Students should be able to:

1. Understand and discuss the differences between informed consent with adults and the informed consent process for children to participate in research (i.e., informed parental permission and meaningful child assent).


2. Understand and discuss the ethical underpinnings of informed parental permission and meaningful child assent.


3. Discuss the particular benefits and challenges to ensuring informed parental permission and meaningful child assent in the context of MCM research.


4. Understand the ethical differences between pre-event and post-event pediatric MCM research and how the process of obtaining informed parental permission and meaningful child assent differs between them.

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Download the Background module on informed consent here.


Listen to "Episode 1: Safeguarding Children", an episode of Ethically Sounda podcast of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.


Ethically Sound Episodes

The Bioethics Commission has launched a new podcast series entitled Ethically Sound.  

Each podcast is playable direct online from the link(s) below or from SoundCloud, iTunes or the Ethically Sound Playlist on Youtube.  Follow the hashtag #EthicallySound for launch announcements.

Safeguarding Children

Ethics and Ebola

Anticipate and Communicate

Privacy & Progress

Gray Matters

New Directions

Moral Science

Ethically Impossible

Bioethics for Every Generation

Charting a Path Forward

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