DHHS Plans to Assess Need for Revisions to Human Research Protections at Upcoming Meeting

Posted 21 September 2012 | By

The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is planning to meet in October to discuss whether current protections afforded to human research subjects are adequate, or whether new regulations and guidelines are needed.

The meeting, announced in the Federal Register on 20 September, will involve DHHS' Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP). The group, which acts as an advisory committee, is charged with providing recommendations to DHHS on issues of human research, and specifically on how to protect human subjects participating in research.

The meeting will specifically address reports generated by the group's various subcommittees, which have recommended revisions to the expected responsibilities of principal investigators, informed consent waiver criteria, the expedited review process, local context of trials, the use of the Internet in subject research and informed consent procedures in cluster randomized trials.

The meeting will take place on 9-10 October 2012 at DHHS' Washington, DC campus.


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