These two types of forms are often confused.
Waiver - Legal document that waives a person's right to seek damages from an organisation or person. The legal definition is "Relinquishment of a known contractual right by a party who has such a right, which will relieve the other party of his contractual duty. No consideration is necessary."
A waiver is void UNLESS:
- the activity is question is not mandatory for the person to obtain a course credit or fulfill another requirement,
- the hazards and potential dangers are explained to the person before the activity begins,
- the signatory is over 18 years of age or the parent/guardian is the signatory, and
- the information is provided and the waiver is signed before the activity is scheduled to begin.
The activity must therefore be optional. The University of Ottawa waiver form has a dual purpose. It also serves to collect emergency contact information for the signatory.
Informed Consent - Legal document used to inform a person about the hazards and potential dangers of a particuliar activity. The legal definition is "Permission to do something which is given with complete knowledge of all relevant facts, such as the risks involved or any available alternatives."
A consent form is appropriate:
- when used to inform a person of certain requirements, hazards, and potential dangers in an activity that they must complete to fulfill a requirement.
The University of Ottawa Informed Consent Form has a dual purpose. It also serves to collect emergency contact information for the signatory.
Both the waiver forms and informed consent forms are customized to each activity. To discuss your requirements, contact Paul Fortin at ext 2627.