NOTICE OF SUSPENSION OF PHS POLICY

Release Date:  February 22, 2001

NOTICE:  NOT-OD-01-020

Department of Health and Human Services

Notice of suspension of "PHS Policy on Instruction in the Responsible Conduct 
of Research."

On December 7, 2000, the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), in collaboration 
with each of the Public Health Service (PHS) Operating Divisions, announced in 
the Federal Register the issuance of a Final Policy on Instruction in the 
Responsible Conduct of Research.  65 FR 76647.  A Draft PHS Policy on 
Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research was announced in the 
Federal Register on July 21, 2000, and made available for public comment until 
September 21, 2000.  In response to the public comment, ORI and the PHS 
agencies made substantial revisions to the draft policy before its issuance in 
final form.  

Consistent with the President's January 20, 2001, Regulatory Review Plan, on 
behalf of PHS, ORI hereby suspends implementation of the "PHS Policy on 
Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research" to permit additional 
review both of the substance of the policy and the process for adoption.  
Pending completion of that review, institutions that might otherwise be 
subject to the RCR policy are under no obligation to implement the policy 
unless further public notice is issued in the Federal Register.  Any future 
PHS action taken to implement the RCR policy would provide extended 
implementation time frames that take into consideration this suspension.

INQUIRIES

For further information contact:

Barbara Bullman, J.D., Senior Program Analyst
Division of Education and Integrity
Office of Research Integrity
5515 Security Lane, Suite 700
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 443-5300

Note: This policy was originally announced in the 12/05/2000 NIH Guide Notice.


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