IMPORTANT: This article was updated on January 18, 2018, to reflect an extension on Common Rule implementation.
Substantial revisions to the federal regulations for the protection of human participants in research (Common Rule) that were scheduled for implementation on January 19, 2018 have been delayed until July 19, 2018.
These changes will apply to all new studies submitted for IRB determination or review on or after July 19, 2018.
December 31: DFARS/NIST 800-171 and New Mandatory Standards for Federal Research
The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Special Publication 800-171 aims to consolidate the Federal government’s procedures for handling Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), including CUI found in systems operated by federal contractors such as Georgia Tech. In the spirit of open government, these regulations aim to share government data with appropriate entities such as research universities, while keeping it out of the hands of prohibited audiences.
By Andy Howard, on behalf of the Office of Research Integrity on September 7, 2017
Under the new policy, as of October 1, 2017, NIH funded researchers will no longer have to request a Certificate of Confidentiality (CoC), nor will they receive an actual certificate. The CoC will be issued automatically to NIH-funded grants, cooperative agreements, contracts and intramural research projects research funded wholly or in part by the NIH that collects or uses identifiable, sensitive information. Compliance with the requirements of the law will become a term and condition of award.