The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (and other Federal Agencies) plans to implement the revised version of the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, or “Common Rule,” on January 19, 2019. I arrived in sunny San Diego early morning Wednesday, November 14, for the 2018 Advancing Ethical Research Conference (AER18) on a mission to learn everything I could about these federal policy changes. Read more
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This week’s Research Ethics Roundup looks at the ethical implications of inserting human brain organoids into laboratory animals, the need for deep brain stimulation researchers to think about the potential long-term ethical dilemmas involved in their work, the argument for classifying certain kinds of organ recipients as research subjects, and President Trump’s new pick to be the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Read more
Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) jointly released final guidance on meeting minutes for IRBs who oversee human subjects research under FDA and/or HHS regulations. The final guidance includes a few small changes from the draft released in November 2015. This is the first time the two agencies have jointly issued guidance in this area; the guidance summarizes how the agencies believe IRBs and institutions should apply the federal regulations as they pertain to the creation of IRB meeting minutes. Read more
On January 18, 2017, the final rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Institute of Health (NIH)’s corresponding policy on reporting to ClinicalTrials.gov will take effect. ClinicalTrials.gov, which is run by NIH, is a searchable registry of clinical trials. It is a federal requirement that sponsors of certain clinical studies that either have one American research site or are conducted under an investigational device exemption (IDE) or an investigational new drug (IND) application register and report the summary results on ClinicalTrials.gov. However, currently very few pharmaceutical companies, academic institutions, and government agencies are complying with the requirement. The regulatory changes taking effect will only have a meaningful impact if the incoming Administration chooses to enforce them. Read more
This week’s Research Ethics Roundup examines what the new 21st Century Cures law means for harmonization efforts, why cancer trials struggle with minority enrollment, a new study on reporting of bias-reducing methodologies in animal research, and the argument for open access publishing.
Cures Law Requires FDA, HHS to Harmonize Regs
Jeannie Baumann reports for Bloomberg BNA about a provision in the new 21st Century Cures law that requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to address any differences between their corresponding [...] Read more