Revisions to Human Subjects Regulations

Sixteen Federal Departments and Agencies (including The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) have issued a revision to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. HHS states that the change “ intended to better protect human subjects involved in research, while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators.”

HHS released a Press Release about the final rule that can be accessed at:

The Final Rule and additional related information can be accessed at:

Important Information for KU Researchers:

  • New regulations allow a 1 year implementation (3 year implementation for Single IRB)
  • HRPP will inform you of the changes through newsletters and available trainings as soon as a timeline has been determined within our office.
  • No changes are required from KU researchers at this time. We are aware of the changes, and new policies and guidance will be drafted.
  • Pay attention to future emails from HRPP, or visit HRPP's webiste--we will include more information and guidance as it is available.
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