New European Union regulation of clinical trials is not conflicting on deferred consent in emergency situationsBMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1163 (Published 26 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1163
- Mark Sheehan, Oxford Biomedical Research Centre ethics fellow1
- 1Ethox Centre, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7LG, UK
There is no conflict between the conditions in the proposed regulations as Gamble and colleagues suggest.1 The first stipulation mentions patients and consent from patients; the second refers to patients’ representatives.
It makes sense to distinguish between the two: if consent cannot be obtained from patients, we should ask their representatives for advice on their preferences. If …