Publication of version 2 of the national General Consent

22.02.2019

With the General Consent (GC), persons treated in hospital can consent to the further use of their personal data and samples for research projects. unimedsuisse, together with swissethics, publishes today the version 2 of the national GC. This version was adopted last September by the five university hospitals and was approved by the swissethics Executive Board in November last year.

The university hospitals now have the opportunity to use a harmonised GC at national level for multicentre projects under the same conditions. Every institution that uses the GC is obliged to respect national and international norms and standards for the data banks (registries) and biobanks. In this way, the rights of donors who voluntarily participate in the research can be guaranteed.

The GC can be used in principle for people who are capable of discernment. If a legal representative has to sign in the event of incapacity in the consent procedure, the patient himself has to agree again when he regains his capacity. More detailed information will be provided at a later stage on the specific requirements for the incapacity in the consent procedure and for children and adolescents.

swissethics strongly supports the continuous further development of the version 2 of the GC after having gathered experience on its use, at a later point in time.

The GC is available in English, German, French and Italian.