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April 18, 2017

Revamping the US Federal Common RuleModernizing Human Participant Research Regulations

Author Affiliations
  • 1Public Health Law and Policy Program, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Phoenix
  • 2O’Neill Institute for Global and National Health Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2017;317(15):1521-1522. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.1633

On January 19, 2017, the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), Department of Health and Human Services, and 15 federal agencies published a final rule to modernize the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (known as the “Common Rule”).1 Initially introduced more than a quarter century ago, the Common Rule predated modern scientific methods and findings, notably human genome research.

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