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Human Research Office Needs More Independence, Transparency

Aug. 3, 2017, 11:25 PM

A flat budget, unclear guidance, and limited public disclosures have restricted the human research protection office’s ability to operate independently, according to a report from the HHS Office of Inspector General.

The OIG said in the report released July 31 that the Department of Health and Human Services needs to issue guidance that clarifies the Office for Human Research Protections’ role and evaluate the resources to carry out its mission. It also said the OHRP needs to start publicly reporting on all of its compliance activities. The office provides guidance and enforces compliance with HHS regulations for protecting human subjects...

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