US agency releases finalized ‘Common Rule’, which govern human-subjects research

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Panel recommends scrapping proposed changes to ‘Common Rule’ on human-subjects research

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To protect people participating in medical research, the federal government decades ago put in place strict rules on the conduct of human experiments. Now the Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a major revision of these regulations, known collectively as the Common Rule. It’s the first change proposed in nearly a quarter-century

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“If finalized, it would be the most substantial policy change in biomedical research policy in decades,” says Kathy Hudson, deputy director for science, outreach and policy at the US National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

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