NRC to hold Public Briefing on Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

The Division of Behavioral and Social Science and Education (DBASSE) of the National Research Council will hold a public briefing on the recently released Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in the Behavioral and Social Sciences. This report is the product of a consensus study that was conducted to inform the efforts of the federal government in revising the regulations that govern the protection of human participants in research from the perspective of social and behavioral sciences. 

The report identifies issues raised in the July 2011 Department of Health and Human Services Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM). The proposed revisions contained in the ANPRM were the most extensive since the Common Rule (Subpart A of the regulations) was originally developed.

Focused on the protection of participants and the advancement of the social and behavioral sciences, the DBASSE consensus report offers recommendations for updating human subjects protection regulations so that they align with current research contexts and methods and address “the dramatic alterations in the research landscapes that institutional review boards have come to inhabit during the past 40 years.”

Participate in the public briefing in person or by webinar on January 30,2014 from 1:30-3:30 at the Keck Center, Room 100, 500 5th Street NW.  To register click here

The full report is available for download from the National Academies Press.