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Revised Common Rule

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 A webpage for all information and resources related to the revision of the Common Rule on January 21, 2019.

The Common Rule is the informal name given to a set of human subjects regulations that was developed in the 1970s. It was adopted by almost all federal agencies that fund human subjects research – in other words, it is the set of regulations that they all have in common. The Common Rule describes responsibilities and requirements for Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), researchers, and the researcher’s institution. Most academic institutions (including the UW) apply the Common Rule regulations to all human subjects research, even if the research is not funded by a federal agency. It is being revised, effective January 21, 2019.

Revised Common Rule Timeline

A visual timeline representing information and tools provided by HSD