30 day Extension of the Comment Period on Proposal to Improve Rules Protecting Human Research Subjects

The Department of Health and Human Services and fifteen other Federal Departments and Agencies are extending by 30 days the comment period on the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).  The Notice announcing that extension is available for public inspection on the Office of the Federal Register’s website today, November 24, and can be accessed at:


The notice will be published in the Federal Register on November 25, 2015.  The NPRM requests comment on proposed revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991.  Since the NPRM was published on September 8, 2015 (80 FR 53933) with a public comment end date of December 7, 2015, participating federal departments and agencies have received requests to extend the comment period to allow sufficient time for a full review of the NPRM.  The new comment period deadline is January 6, 2015.  These departments and agencies are committed to affording the public a meaningful opportunity to comment on the NPRM and welcome comments.

For additional information about the NPRM, including how to submit comments and how to view posted comments, click here: http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/regulations/nprmhome.html