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Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule for the
Protection of Human Subjects in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

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Report Brief


This report from the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, is the product of a consensus study to inform the efforts of the federal government in revising regulations (the “Common Rule”) that protect human participants in research. Several of the proposals put forth by the Department of Health and Human Services in their July 2011 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) were endorsed by the committee. Within the context of social and behavioral sciences the committee recommends revising the Common Rule and amending specific proposals in the ANPRM in relation to, for example, key definitions (human subjects research and minimal risk), categories of review required by Institutional Review Boards, and consent processes. The committee also offers examples and strategies for operationalizing the proposed new procedures.

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Workshop Summary:
Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule:
Perspectives of Social and Behavioral Scientists
 CommonRuleSummary_cover This report is based on a workshop that explored the implications of proposed revisions by NIH and alternative approaches for protecting human participants while at the same time advancing behavioral and social sciences. This report summarizes the presentations and discussions that took place at the workshop among experts from a range of social and behavioral science disciplines.

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