Regulations direct IRBs to consider:
- Age and maturity of the children
- Psychological state of the children
- Nature of the proposed research activity
Regulations give IRBs flexibility in deciding which children an investigator must assent. A judgment may be made for all children to be involved in research under a particular protocol, or for each child. The IRB’s outcome should be suited/delineated for the study at hand.
Click here for a table showing common IRB determinations whether to require assent, based on the age of the participant and whether the study offers the prospect of direct benefit.