Can I apply for a consent declaration?

The HRB has developed the following decision tree to help researchers assess:

  • whether they might be eligible to submit an application to the Health Research Consent Declaration Committee to obtain a consent declaration, and
  • whether such an application should be made under the transitional arrangements or as a new research project. 

This decision tree also outlines a number of important preliminary steps that must be completed by researchers prior to the submission of any application to the Health Research Consent Declaration Committee.

However, we strongly recommend that you also contact your institution’s DPO in order to get specific advice.

Consent declaration decision tree


This guidance has been prepared by the HRB to help researchers in the health domain comply with GDPR requirements.

It is intended to be general guidance for educational and informational purposes only.

It is not legal advice.