Informed Consent for GI Endoscopic Procedures

Patient Guideline Summary

Publication Date: February 1, 2022
Last Updated: March 3, 2023



This patient summary means to discuss key recommendations from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) for informed consent for GI endoscopic procedures.



  • Informed consent is an understanding between medical professionals and patients that all parties agree to a proposed plan of treatment. It is a legal document required in all 50 states.
  • The document:
    • Should reflect state requirements.
    • Can be negotiated by any healthcare professional able to communicate the indication(s), risks, benefits, and alternatives of that treatment plan.
    • Completed before treatment begins.
    • Can include video or other electronic supplemental educational materials.
    • Should include non-FDA approved and off-label techniques and devices.
  • In emergencies, an effort should be made to obtain written informed consent before treatment.
  • In pediatric patients, ASGE recommends age-appropriate consent and assent processes that are developmentally appropriate for patients and their families.


  • ASGE: American Society For Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • FDA: Food And Drug Administration

Source Citation

ASGE Standards of Practice Committee, Storm AC, Fishman DS, Buxbaum JL, Coelho-Prabhu N, Al-Haddad MA, Amateau SK, Calderwood AH, DiMaio CJ, Elhanafi SE, Forbes N, Fujii-Lau LL, Jue TL, Kohli DR, Kwon RS, Law JK, Pawa S, Thosani NC, Wani S, Qumseya BJ. American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy guideline on informed consent for GI endoscopic procedures. Gastrointest Endosc. 2022 Feb;95(2):207-215.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2021.10.022. Epub 2022 Jan 5. PMID: 34998575.


The information in this patient summary should not be used as a substitute for professional medical care or advice. Contact a health care provider if you have questions about your health.