If a consent statement is not in file and no application under the agreement is filed,
a consent statement must be obtained prior to releasing any information to the foreign
agency. If the DO or FSP is contacted for other assistance, also request the consent
statement. If no DO or FSP contact is required and the individual is in the other
country, ask the foreign agency to obtain the consent statement; otherwise, contact
the person directly. However, do not wait for receipt of the consent statement before
requesting the ER, etc. Everything should be done simultaneously and held until the
consent statement is received.
However, if a foreign agency includes a statement that a claim has been filed under
the agreement with the request form, no consent statement is needed.