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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other Federal Departments and Agencies closed the comment period for the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on January 6, 2016 after extending the initial period due to robust response. The proposed rulemaking is the most sweeping since 1991 when HHS codified The Common Rule, 45 C. F. R. part 46, and recognizes the changed research environment with many multisite studies and the expansion of research with more data accessible through technology. The NPRM seeks to further the principles of autonomy and beneficence by protecting privacy and improving the consent process in the new world of research while creating avenues to lessen the administrative burden and to promote research.  
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