Consent for anaesthesia | Association of Anaesthetists

Consent for anaesthesia

Please note that these guidelines are currently under review and will be updated in due course


The need for consent before treatment is firmly embedded in modern healthcare. The ethical, professional, and legal aspects of consent can be challenging. These guidelines have been developed to help anaesthetists navigate these challenges. These guidelines cover but are not limited to:

  • The importance of consent
  • Ethical and legal aspects
  • Capacity, best interest and voluntariness
  • The consent process
  • Advance decisions, 'advance directives', 'living wills', and do not attempt resuscitation decisions