HHS Extends Comment Period, Human Research Subjects Rules

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will announce in tomorrow’s issue of the Federal Register that it is extending the comment period for the advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) on how current regulations for protecting human subjects might be modernized and revised to be more effective. That ANPRM entitled, “Human Subjects Research Protections: Enhancing Protections for Research Subjects and Reducing Burden, Delay, and Ambiguity for Investigators,” was published in the Federal Register on July 26, 2011 (Volume 76, Number 143, page 44512), with a deadline for comments of September 26, 2011. Since the ANPRM was published, HHS has received requests to extend the comment period to allow sufficient time for a full review of the ANPRM. HHS is committed to affording the public a meaningful opportunity to comment on the ANPRM and welcomes comments. The comment period will be extended by 30 days and thus will end on October 26, 2011. To view a copy of the notice currently available for public inspection and that will be published in the September 1, 2011 Federal Register, visit:  http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2011-22341_PI.pdf 

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