This new template for the Informed Consent Form (ICF) for interventional clinical trials with an investigational medicinal product on adult patients was prepared by a dedicated working group. This working group consisted of representatives of BAREC (Belgian Association of Research Ethics Committees), pharma.be (the Belgian association of the innovative (bio)pharmaceutical industry) and patient organizations, and was coordinated by the CT-College at the FPS Health Food chain safety and Environment. During the review process of the proposed template the feedback on the content and format was also provided by laypersons.
Sponsors are highly recommended to use the template, when preparing the ICF(s) for all new initial interventional clinical trials on adult patients. During the next six months a transitional period will be in place during which both the old and the new template can be used. From 1st January 2020, the ethics committees will require that only the new template is used by all sponsors.