Note: this meeting was originally scheduled for March 16 – 17, 2017, but was rescheduled to the current listed date due to inclement weather.
The Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) shall provide expert advice and recommendations to the Secretary, through the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH), on issues and topics pertaining to or associated with the protection of human research subjects. The Committee will work to advise the Secretary on how to improve the quality of the system of human research protection programs, including the responsibilities of investigators, institutional review boards (IRBs), administrators, and institutional officials, and the role of the Office for Human Research Protections and other offices within HHS.
Specifically, examples include but are not limited to advice relating to the responsible conduct of research involving human subjects with particular emphasis on:
- Special populations, such as neonates and children, prisoners, and the decisionally impaired;
- Pregnant women, embryos, and fetuses;
- Individuals and populations in international studies;
- Populations in which there are individually identifiable samples, data, or information; and
- Investigator conflicts of interest.
In addition, the Committee shall be responsible for reviewing selected ongoing work and planned activities of the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and other offices/agencies within HHS responsible for human subjects protection. These evaluations may include but are not limited to a review of assurance systems, the application of minimal research risk standards, the granting of waivers, education programs sponsored by OHRP, and the ongoing monitoring and oversight of IRBs and the institutions that sponsor research.
More information is available via Health & Human Services.