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Consent in emergency research
  1. T J Coats1,
  2. G Ng2,
  3. H Shakur3
  1. 1Leicester University, Leicester, UK
  2. 2University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, UK
  3. 3CRASH2 Trial Group, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 T J Coats
 Leicester University, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Infirmary Square, Leicester, LE 1 5WW, UK; t.coats{at}

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The legal basis for consent for research in the incapacitated patient changed on 1st May 2004, when the Medicine for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004 came into force. The new law provides for a legal representative to give consent on behalf of a patient who cannot consent for themselves.1 A professional legal representative can consent on behalf of an incapacitated …

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