The booklet, published on 4 August 2009 by the Department of Health, provides a guide to the law concerning consent to physical examination or treatment. It describes the process of seeking consent, the importance of establishing whether the person has capacity to give consent, what constitutes valid consent, the form that consent might take and the duration of that consent. It highlights the need to ensure that the consent is given voluntarily and that sufficient information has been imparted to allow valid consent to be made.  

The guide provides an update on legislation relating to obtaining valid consent and recent legal cases, providing references where appropriate.  

View the full guide.