Overview - Consent to treatment

Consent to treatment is the principle that a person must give permission before they receive any type of medical treatment, test or examination.

This must be done on the basis of an explanation by a clinician.

Consent from a patient is needed regardless of the procedure, whether it's a physical examination, organ donation or something else.

The principle of consent is an important part of medical ethics and the international human rights law.


If you believe you've received treatment you didn't consent to, you can make an official complaint.

Read more about how to make a complaint.

Page last reviewed: 03/03/2016
Next review due: 01/03/2019