14. Can I Advertise for Recruitment of Research Participants?
Recruitment is the dialogue that takes place between the investigator and a potential participant prior to the initiation of the consent process. In some ways, recruitment is the introduction to the consent process. Respect for potential participants begins with recruitment procedures that ensure that participation is voluntary, and preserve privacy and confidentiality.
The IRB must review and approve methods used to recruit participants to ensure that the methods are not coercive and that the confidentiality and privacy of participants are protected. Your ads should be submitted as part of the original IRB application or as an Amendment Form if the ad is developed after your study has been approved.