Community Consultation in the Time of COVID-19

Meghan Hosely
September 3rd, 2020

When institutions conduct planned emergency research, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations governing research with humans provide specific guidance surrounding informed consent for emergency research. These regulations mandate that community members must be informed about the research ahead of time and have the opportunity to provide feedback via community consultation (CC). These consultations typically occur through face-to-face meetings and conversations. However, the recent COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the traditional models of conducting these community conversations. This article discusses how sites conducting planned emergency research approach CC during COVID-19.

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