Update on Proposed Revisions to The Common Rule

The Council on Governmental Relations recently published an article overviewing their “comprehensive review and analysis of 2,186 public comments on the Obama administration’s 2015 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for revising the ‘Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects,’ better known as the ‘Common Rule.'” Anthropologists, including the American Anthropological Association, were active during this public comment period (see our previous posts on this topic). This piece indicates that public comments on proposed changes to the Common Rule were overwhelmingly negative. This piece summarizes key critiques of the proposed changes offered in the larger document. Here is a link to the article and a link to the the comprehensive review.