Revised Common Rule Delayed
On January 19, 2018, changes to regulations for protecting human research participants (also known as the revised “Common Rule”) were scheduled to take effect. We learned on January 17 that the revised Common Rule will be delayed for six months. The new compliance date is now July 19, 2018. This notification mentions that “federal departments and agencies are also in the process of developing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) seeking public comment on a proposal for further delay in the required implementation of the revised Common Rule. If such an NPRM is published, after consideration of the public comments, the federal departments and agencies will determine whether a final rule to further delay the revised Common Rule will be issued.” As new information is received, we will share it with the research community.