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Dear Social, Behavioral, and Educational IRB Research Community,

As we announced in November, the New Final Rule governing human subject research was scheduled to go into effect January 19, 2018. On January 17, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an Interim Final Rule delaying the effective date until July 28, 2019.

While we cannot promise that this effective date will not be delayed again, we do anticipate that the update of the New Final Rule will be forthcoming over the next several months. In anticipation of the compliance date, the Tufts SBER IRB will send updates as new information is learned. Please stay tuned for announcements through email as well as changes on our website. The website will include information about those changes to the Common Rule that can be implemented and when. We will also provide trainings to the community as the effective date nears.

In the meantime, please contact should you have any questions.