HHS reviews protections for human research subjects

According to a press release from the agency, comments are sought on:

• Revising the existing risk-based framework to more accurately calibrate the level of review to the level of risk;

• Using a single Institutional Review Board review for all domestic sites of multisite studies;

• Updating the forms and processes used for informed consent;

• Establishing mandatory data security and information protection standards for all studies involving identifiable or potentially identifiable data;

• Implementing a systematic approach to the collection and analysis of data on unanticipated problems and adverse events across all trials to harmonize the complicated array of definitions and reporting requirements, and to make the collection of data more efficient;

• Extending federal regulatory protections to apply to all research conducted at U.S. institutions receiving funding from the Common Rule agencies; and

• Providing uniform guidance on federal regulations.