42 CFR 50.205 - Consent form requirements.

§ 50.205 Consent form requirements.
(a) Required consent form. The consent form appended to this subpart or another consent form approved by the Secretary must be used.
(b) Required signatures. The consent form must be signed and dated by:
(1) The individual to be sterilized; and
(2) The interpreter, if one is provided; and
(3) The person who obtains the consent; and
(4) The physician who will perform the sterilization procedure.
(c) Required certifications.
(1) The person obtaining the consent must certify by signing the consent form that:
(i) Before the individual to be sterilized signed the consent form, he or she advised the individual to be sterilized that no Federal benefits may be withdrawn because of the decision not to be sterilized,
(ii) He or she explained orally the requirements for informed consent as set forth on the consent form, and
(iii) To the best of his or her knowledge and belief, the individual to be sterilized appeared mentally competent and knowingly and voluntarily consented to be sterilized.
(2) The physician performing the sterilization must certify by signing the consent form, that:
(i) Shortly before the performance of the sterilization, he or she advised the individual to be sterilized that no Federal benefits may be withdrawn because of the decision not to be sterilized,
(ii) He or she explained orally the requirements for informed consent as set forth on the consent form, and
(iii) To the best of his or her knowledge and belief, the individual to be sterilized appeared mentally competent and knowingly and voluntarily consented to be sterilized. Except in the case of premature delivery or emergency abdominal surgery, the physician must further certify that at least 30 days have passed between the date of the individual's signature on the consent form and the date upon which the sterilization was performed. If premature delivery occurs or emergency abdominal surgery is required within the 30-day period, the physician must certify that the sterilization was performed less than 30 days but not less than 72 hours after the date of the individual's signature on the consent form because of premature delivery or emergency abdominal surgery, as applicable. In the case of premature delivery, the physician must also state the expected date of delivery. In the case of emergency abdominal surgery, the physician must describe the emergency.
(3) If an interpreter is provided, the interpreter must certify that he or she translated the information and advice presented orally, read the consent form and explained its contents and to the best of the interpreter's knowledge and belief, the individual to be sterilized understood what the interpreter told him or her.

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