The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a press release January 18, 2017 about the final rule on changes in the regulations regarding the “Common Rule”. “The new rule strengthens protections for people who volunteer to participate in research, while ensuring that the oversight system does not add inappropriate administrative burdens, particularly to low-risk research. It also allows more flexibility in keeping with today’s dynamic research environment.”
Most provisions of the new rule will go into effect in 2018. Over the next year, the Office of Responsible Research Practices will be developing an implementation plan to make changes in our local policies and workflow in order to be compliant on the effective date of the new rule, and to provide advance outreach and training for human subjects research teams at Ohio State.