Office of Responsible Research Practices
The Ohio State University


Delay in Common Rule Revisions Announced

Posted: January 18, 2018

On January 17, 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and 15 other federal agencies announced an Interim Final Rule (IFR) to delay by six months the implementation date of the revisions to the “Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects” (the Common Rule).  The IFR delays the effective date and general compliance date to July 19, 2018, allowing institutions like Ohio State further time to make the necessary changes to be compliant with the 2018 revisions.  The IFR can be accessed here.  HHS and the 15 federal agencies are in the process of developing a proposed rule to further delay implementation of the Common Rule revisions, for example until January 21, 2019.

Until July 19, 2018, all institutions must continue to follow the pre-2018 Common Rule.  The Office of Responsible Research Practices (ORRP) will keep the Ohio State human subjects research community up to date on any further changes to the effective date as they become available.  For questions, please contact Ellen Patricia at

Category : IRB / ORRP