n APA weighs in on proposed changes to human
While APA supports many of the proposed revisions to federal
regulations that protect human research participants ( 45 CFR
46, the Common Rule), the association is concerned about
other proposed changes.
In a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, APA said it agreed that the Common Rule should be
revised and supports such changes as:
• Calibrating the level of review to the level of risk of harm.
• Expanding exempt research categories, but APA urges the
Office of Human Research Protections to retain the current
practice for exempt studies rather than adopt the proposed
“excused research model,” which requires that the research
meet onerous data security and information protection
standards, as well as informed consent requirements in some
• Periodically reviewing and revising the list of research
activities that are exempt or that qualify for expedited review.
However, APA also expresses strong concerns about other
proposed revisions and their potential impact on the conduct
of behavioral and psychological science research. For example,
• The new requirements for data security and information
protection based on the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
• The inclusion of prescriptive language for consent forms,
since it would be inappropriate for many types of research and
thus increase administrative burden.
• The call for broad, general, open-ended consent for
unspecified future use of data. APA believes this threatens the
fundamental ethical principle of respect for people.
To read APA’s full comments, go to www.apa.org/science/
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