Participate in a Collaborative Consult

Clinical Research Ethics Consultation Collaborative

Participate in a Collaborative Consult

If a consultant has organized a collaborative consultation for you with our group, the information below will help you understand our process.

Key Points

  • The collaborative consultants’ comments, suggestions, and recommendations are advisory to you and your consultant.
  • You should still use discretion in discussing highly sensitive information even though the consultants have agreed to keep the conversation confidential.

Before the Call

You will be given members’ biosketches so you can be aware of who may be participating. We typically have 5 to 10 members participating.

During the Call

  • The consultant will ask you to introduce yourself and anyone on your team, then do a roll call of the collaborative consultants.
  • The consultant will ask you to present the background and clarify the question you would like addressed.
  • The consultant will ask any clarifying questions and then ask if the collaborative consultants have any additional clarifying questions.
  • The consultant will discuss issues with you and then ask the collaborative consultants if they have additional comments.
  • The consultant will finalize the recommendations with you and then ask the collaborative consultants if they have any final comments.

After the Call

  • You will receive a consult report. Some consultants will send you a draft to review, depending on their usual practice.
  • The final report will be sent to the collaborative consultants. The primary consultant may also send a draft to the collaborative consultants in preparation of the final report.
  • You may receive a request for feedback about the collaborative consultation experience. Feedback will be shared with the group.


Collaborative consultants are expected to keep the details of the discussion confidential. Each consult service has its own guidelines for limits of confidentiality and reporting obligations. Those outside of the initiating institution are expected to not make disclosures to the requestor’s institution or to their own.