What is the Common Rule?

You’ll often hear the Common Rule discussed, so we wanted to give a quick overview. As always we suggest reading the article on HHS’ website. It is one of the shorter ones and gives a brief history.

The Common Rule was influenced by the Belmont Report of 1979 by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research. 45 CFR part 46 is the master key for regulations though each department who adopted it may have additional regulations. The Common Rule article on HHS gives a list departments who adopted it. Within this folder of our support articles, our Chief Privacy Officer shares his CliffNotes to 45 CFR part 46.

While many research classes go over the 101s of research, it is always wise to do your homework. We have found the researchers who are informed the most about regulations and IRBs know how to not only provide better research but also navigate these sometimes intimidating avenues.