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Obtaining Valid Consent (Clinical Governance Advice No. 6)

Published: 28/01/2015

This is the third edition of this guidance, which was previously published in December 2008 and October 2004 under the same title.

The purpose of the advice is to provide a good practice framework for obtaining valid consent in obstetrics and gynaecology.

This revised document provides guidance on obtaining consent in obstetrics and gynaecology in the UK. After discussing the overarching principles of consent, it considers specific issues relating to gynaecological and obstetric practice, such as the consent required for pelvic examinations and obtaining consent from women in labour. Further sections include consent for multimedia images and tissue samples. An appendix provides guidance on completing the English/Welsh/Northern Irish Consent Form 1.

Specific advice for some individual procedures has been published separately in the RCOG Consent Advice series.