Last week, the Office of Human Research Protections announced that proposed revisions to the “Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects” (also known as the Common Rule), which were originally scheduled to become effective on January 19th, 2018, have been delayed by 6 months. The majority of provisions in the Revised Common Rule are now set to take effect on July 19, 2018.
The Federal Register issued an official announcement about the delay today.
Why has the implementation date been delayed?
The 6 month delay will give IRB offices across the country more time to prepare their implementation tools and processes. It will also allow federal departments and agencies more time to review public comments regarding a proposal for delaying the compliance date even further.
How should UCSF researchers prepare for the Revised Common Rule?
Keep an eye out for communications from the IRB office. As we ramp up our preparations to implement the provisions in the Revised Common Rule, the IRB office will send email updates about upcoming changes to policies, procedures, and materials to help our Research Community.