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    On April 19, 2018, HHS released an NPRM proposing to delay the general compliance date for the revised Common Rule until January 21, 2019. A 30-day comment period will be open until May 21, 2018.

    In addition to delaying the general compliance date, the NPRM proposes to allow institutions to implement three "burden-reducing provisions" of the revised rule during the delay period:

    (1) use of the revised definition of "research," which deems four categories of activities not to be research;
    (2) the allowance for no annual continuing review of certain categories of research; and
    (3) the elimination of the requirement that institutional review boards (IRBs) review grant applications or other funding proposals related to the research.

    Read the April 2018 NPRM in the Federal Register.

    For more information, see PRIM&R's blog post on the NPRM.

    On January 18, 2017, the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, or Common Rule, was updated for the first time since its publication in 1991. The explicit goal of these revisions—the result of collaboration between the US Department of Health and Human Services and 15 other Federal Departments and Agencies—is to reduce administrative burden and better protect subjects in the modern research context.

    The implementation date for most provisions of the revised rule is July 19, 2018, leaving research ethics professionals a short window to comprehend the new rule and update their institutional policies and procedures accordingly. Through its Focus on the Revised Common Rule resources and programs, PRIM&R provides you with comprehensive in-person and online education and resources to help you understand the new provisions and what they mean for your human research protections program.