The main rule is that you as a patient and, if applicable, your relatives, shall be asked for consent to participate in clinical trials. For some trials, however, the law does allow the trial to proceed without obtaining consent.
An external research ethics committee (Regional Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics – REK) may authorise the use of data from medical journals without you as the patient or your relatives being asked in advance. This applies to trials where, for various reasons, it is believed that the benefit of the trial to you as a person or to society is greater than the disadvantage of not asking for consent in advance.
Reservation against the use of biological material for research
The REK may also approve research using biological materials (blood tests, tissue samples, etc.) that are routinely collected in healthcare services without asking for your consent. This is only possible if the research is of significant interest to society, and when your welfare and integrity are safeguarded during the trial.
You have the right to make reservations against research on biological material by submitting a specific form. If you wish to make such a reservation, you can download and fill in the Form for reservation against the use of biological materials (in Norwegian).