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The Board on Health Sciences Policy of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) also is examining the current level of evaluation criteria for human research protection programs. At the behest of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and several of its agencies, the IOM last year created the Committee on Assessing the System for Protecting Human Research Subjects. The two-year study has a six-month fast-track component specifically to address the first of three items:
The second phase will extend the investigation of the first item into the second and third:
A public forum was held this past January to gain feedback on the draft accreditation standards proposed by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs and the accreditation efforts of the National Committee for Quality Assurance. IRB Advisor will continue to update readers on the actions of the IOM committee.
• Committee on Assessing the System for Protecting Human Research Subjects, Attn: Laura Lyman Rodriguez, MD, Board on Health Sciences Policy, The National Academies, 2101 Constitution Ave. N.W., FO-3108,Washington, DC 20418.