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Dec 4, 2013 at 12:00am

Here at QuickTips we've gotten used to that feeling. You may remember way back in 2011, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that they were proposing major changes to the rules regarding the protection of human research subjects, aka the "Common Rule".

The ambitious proposal, titled "Human Subjects Research Protections: Enhancing Protections for Research Subjects and Reducing Burden, Delay and Ambiguity for Investigators" sought to strengthen and streamline the human subjects research protections that have been in place since 1991.

But, things happen, and the whole proposal seems to have slipped quietly to the background. The HHS department has been a bit pre-occupied with other projects lately.

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Don't worry, QuickTips and the HSD newsletter will keep you up-to-date when any new developments occur. So don't dismiss the possibility that we may someday have a modernized version of the "Common Rule"! Like for ketchup or Cat Stevens, we'll keep waiting!