[Ads-l] transitive consent (not in OED)

Charles C Rice charles.rice at LOUISIANA.EDU
Fri Apr 28 04:55:58 UTC 2023

>From a training module I am doing:
"Depending on institutional procedures, alleged noncompliance (for example, not following the study protocol, not consenting subjects appropriately, etc.) may be addressed at convened meetings."
As best I can tell, to consent a subject is to obtain (written) informed consent from a subject. Elsewhere in the document is mentioned "The recruitment and consenting processes." I suppose that if "recruitment" means 'to recruit people' then "consenting" means 'to consent people'.

OED has 3 transitive consents, (1) one that takes a clause or infinitive complement; (2) an obsolete usage from Piers Plowman, to agree to give (something) _to_ someone; and (3) to agree or allow something: The Trustees consented it (= consented to it), or here is one from Milton: Interpreters upon that passage in Hosea will not consent it to be a true story.

The earliest example I found on Google was from a 2001 document out of the Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center:
"This document is not to be used to consent subjects. Subjects must only be consented using consent documents posted to OncPro."
The same letter provided this gem:
"The DFCI IRB will consider an investigator or sponsor determination to inform or re-consent subjects but..."

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