Terms and Conditions for Participants

Terms and Conditions for Participants


These are the terms and conditions on which you may use the Participate website. Please read these terms and conditions carefully before you apply to be involved in a study.


We are MQ: Transforming Mental Health. We are a registered charity in England and Wales (1139916) & Scotland (SC046075) and a registered company in England and Wales (7406055).

You can contact us by telephoning our MQ team at 0300 030 8100 or by emailing us at [email protected] or writing to MQ: Transforming Mental Health, 6 Honduras Street, London, EC1Y 0TH.


The Participate website enables those interested in taking part in mental health research studies to share their details with researchers looking for participants. As owner of the Participate website, MQ acts as a facilitator between those conducting research studies and those looking to participate. MQ is not responsible for the experience of participants once they have been contacted by the researcher or enrolled in a study.

When a participant registers their interest in a study their information is passed directly to the researcher. This information includes their full name, email address, gender and ethnicity. You can read more about how your information is processed and stored in the Participate privacy policy. We expect participants to ensure that the information they provide is accurate.

Individuals cannot sign up on behalf of anyone else other than themselves. Children under the age of 16 are not permitted to apply to take part unless they have parental consent.

If you are invited by a researcher to participate, and consent to participate in a particular research study, the researcher’s policies and terms and conditions will apply to your involvement in that study and the use of your personal data relevant to that study. We are not involved in the selection process or evaluating your eligibility for a study. Nor are we responsible for your involvement in any study or any personal data you share directly with a researcher for the purpose of the study or otherwise.

Any request to be removed from a study once enrolled must be requested directly from the researcher conducting the study. MQ does not retain control of participant data once downloaded from the Participate website by a researcher. Participants should be aware that different legislation applies once your data has been gathered as part of a research study. You should contact the researcher directly for further information.


You are expected to adhere to standard information security good practice including, but not limited to:

  • Not sharing accounts information
  • Choosing secure passwords
  • Only accessing confidential information privately

In the event that you fail, or choose not to, provide any information requested by us, we will not be able to complete the process to register your interest in a particular study. You will be notified of this at the time.


We supply the Participate website to you on an “as is” basis. We do not warrant that your use of the Participate website will be uninterrupted, error or virus free. We may make minor changes to the Participate website to reflect changes in relevant laws and regulatory requirements and to implement minor technical adjustments and improvements, for example to address a security threat. We may have to suspend the supply of the Participate website to deal with technical problems or make minor technical changes.


The Participate website is intended to provide information and guidance on taking part in research and, as such, should not be considered as a substitute for professional advice covering any specific situation. Whilst we have taken every precaution in compiling the Participate website, we do not represent or warrant that the materials accessible via the website are accurate, complete or correct. MQ cannot be held responsible for any action (or inaction) taken by any person or organisation as a result of material accessed through the Participation website. MQ makes no warranties and, as far as permissible by law, accepts no liability whatsoever with respect to any use which is made of the information or materials provided on the Participate website. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage, including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from use, or loss of use, of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the Participate website.


MQ is always interested to hear feedback from participants about their experience of using the Participate website and taking part in mental health studies. Participants can share their feedback by emailing [email protected].


We'd be delighted if you would like to help promote the Participate website. If you wish to copy or use any material on the website, then please contact the team on [email protected].


If you become aware of any breaches in use of this service and the data involved, then you should report it to [email protected].

Access to accounts may be suspended without notice.


These Terms and Conditions, and any dispute or claim (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with it or its subject matter or formation, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales. Each party irrevocably agrees that the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with these Terms and Conditions or its subject matter or formation.

We reserve the right to make changes to these Terms and Conditions at any time.

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