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Optimizing the Nation's Investment in Academic Research: A New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century (2016)
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April 26, 2017
Politics and Public Policy Today (Broadcast)
CSPAN - U.S. Cable 
Recently there was a report by the National Academies of Sciences that details these problems. I would encourage any of you with an interest to read through their much more extensive recommendations. Secondly, the implementation of the final rule should be prioritized, that allows low-risk projects to have different restrictions than high-risks projects.

March 12, 2017
Long-Sought Research Deregulation Is Upon Us. Don’t Squander the Moment.
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Op-Ed)
The overhauled policy — which holds that exempted research activities should be excused from board review with no requirement of IRB approval of the exemption — aligns with a longstanding recommendation for reform proposed by a special committee of the American Association of University Professors and is consistent with the recommendations of a special panel of the National Research Council.

March 2, 2017
Henrietta Lacks Wasn’t the Only Woman Who Unknowingly Contributed to Medical History
Slate
Led by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, researchers complained vociferously of an impending paperwork nightmare that would slow important medical research. In January, the new requirement was dropped.

January 19, 2017
Researchers, privacy experts clash on new human research rule
Modern Healthcare
Last year, for example, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine called on HHS to withdraw the entire rule.

January 18, 2017
Controversial patient-consent proposal left out of research-ethics reforms
Nature
The US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine blasted that requirement and others in a June 2016 report, arguing that the changes would impose an undue burden on researchers.

November 29, 2016
Congress to begin voting on sweeping biomedical innovation bill
Science
The idea came from a 2015 report by a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

November 29, 2016
New U.S. Research Policy Board would aim to slash regulatory paperwork
Science
In September 2015 a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine proposed a quasi-independent board to ride herd on those regulations.

September 26, 2016
Week ahead: Regs on academic research, drones top agenda
The Hill
One was from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee on Federal Research Regulations and Requirements and another was from the Government Accountability Office.

July 19, 2016
Report: Congress needs to update human research regulations
Outsourcing-Pharma.com
The report, from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, examines the current regulations leading federally funded research.

July 12, 2016
ACP supports National Academies’ call for withdrawal of NPRM for ‘Common Rule’ and for appointing new commission
American College of Physicians
The American College of Physicians issued a statement of support for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s recent report recommending withdrawal of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the “Common Rule”.

July 1, 2016
National Academies Recommends Withdrawal of Proposed Common Rule Revisions
Association of American Medical Colleges
The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine June 29 issued the second and final part of its report on a new regulatory framework for research universities, recommending that the executive branch withdraw the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for the “Common Rule,” the regulations that govern federally-supported research involving human subjects.

July 1, 2016
Proposal to Revise US Regulations on Human-Subject Research Should be Withdrawn, Say National Academies
Nature World News
"A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that examines the regulations governing federally funded research recommends that Congress authorize and the president appoint an independent national commission to examine and update the ethical, legal, and institutional frameworks governing research involving human subjects," the group's press release posted on June 29 reads.

June 30, 2016
University Groups’ Statement on National Academies Report to Optimize Federal Investments in Academic Research
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
The Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) today released the following statement regarding a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee report on reforming federal regulation of U.S. research.

June 29, 2016
Heat On White House To Scrap Redo Of Human Research Rules
NPR
The proposal is "marred by omissions, the absence of essential elements, and a lack of clarity," according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

June 29, 2016
US should abandon controversial effort to update human research rules, National Academies panel says
Science
Stop what you are doing—now!—and wait for more discussion and instruction. That’s the blunt message that a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee on reforming federal regulation of U.S. research sent today to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies.

June 29, 2016
Science academies blast US government's planned research-ethics reforms
Nature
In its report on 29 June, the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said that the government's proposed changes are “marred by omissions and a lack of clarity”, and would slow research while doing little to improve protections for patients enrolled in studies.

June 29, 2016
White House Under Pressure to Withdraw Changes to Human Research Rules
Stat
The National Academies of Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering are urging the Obama administration to withdraw its proposed changes to the federal rules governing human research in the United States.




Part 1 (Prepublication release: September 2015)

June 28, 2016
Out, Out Red Tape: Congress Weighs Bills to Reduce Regulatory Burden on Academic Science
Science Magazine
The most recent such report, from the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, recommends creating an independent, quasi-governmental body that would have the authority to tackle the regulatory problem head-on.

June 23, 2015
Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support U.S. Research and Education
Science
The bill does not go as far as a 2015 recommendation from a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine panel to create a quasi-independent Research Policy Board to ride herd over the process and take preventive steps, instead calling for an interagency working group that would try to resolve issues as they arise.

October 14, 2015
Update: Conference Travel Restrictions and Academic Regulatory Reform
American Institute of Physics Bulletin of Science Policy News
On September 22, the National Academies released a prepublication version of a 130-page report titled “Optimizing the Nation’s Investment in Academic Research, a New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century. . . .”

September 30, 2015
Regulatory burden undermining US science
Chemistry World
Rules for regulating US government funded research are inconsistent and lead to duplication of effort. And the explosive growth of these rules in recent decades is undercutting the productivity of the nation’s scientific enterprise, warns a new report from the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

September 24, 2015
National Academies Suggests Ways To Cut Administrative Tasks of Grant-Getters
Chemical & Engineering News
Federal agencies could relieve administrative burdens of grant seekers by trimming requirements for research proposals to the minimum information necessary for peer evaluation of scientific merit, say a report from the National Academies.

September 23, 2015
Report Slams Regulatory Burden on Research Universities
Inside Higher Ed
The report, commissioned by Congress and produced by the National Academy of Sciences, found that growing federal requirements on research institutions were forcing researchers to spend more time on administrative matters instead of their research.

September 22, 2015
National Academies: Red tape hurting federal science research
UPI
The complaints arrived this week in the form of a congressionally mandated report, penned by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, known collectively as "the Academies."

September 22, 2015
Consistent Research Regulations Could Ease the Burden on Scientists, Panel Says
Chronicle of Higher Education
Federal regulation "steals from the nation’s investment in research and has become self-defeating," a National Academies panel told Congress on Tuesday. But the burden could be eased through more-uniform federal rules and the creation of a new independent oversight board, the panel said.

September 22, 2015
US National Academies call for cutting red tape
Nature
The paperwork and time it takes for researchers to comply with government regulations are out of control, according to a report from the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

September 22, 2015
New US board proposed to tackle regulatory burden on research universities
Science
That surprising conclusion is the top recommendation in a report out today by a National Academies committee that Congress asked to examine the current regulatory jungle confronting universities that receive federal research dollars.

August 21, 2015
Rethinking the time ‘lost’ to red tape
Science
A committee at the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is currently looking into the problem, which another blue-ribbon advisory panel has blamed on “a culture of overregulation” that has led to “wasted federal research dollars.”

July 22, 2015
Senator offers tantalizing prospect of regulatory relief for biomedical researchers
Science
Senator Lamar Alexander (R–TN) today told a National Academies panel examining federal oversight of academic research that he hopes to make reform happen as part of broader legislation to hasten medical advances.

February 13, 2015
A new shot at reducing research red tape
ScienceInsider
No matter how much scientists complain about it, federal oversight of academic research isn’t going away. But could it be done better? The chair of a new National Academies panel examining how the government keeps tabs on its $40-billion-a-year investment wants that oversight “to be sensible enough so that investigators have more time to do research.”
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