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Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP)

SACHRP is governed by the Federal Advisory Committee Act and provides expert advice and recommendations to the Secretary on issues and topics pertaining to the protection of human research subjects. The Committee was created by Secretary Thompson in 2001 after dissolution of the prior National Human  Research Protections Advisory Committee (NHRPAC). To date SACHRP has focused its attention on areas such as research involving children, prisoners, and individuals with impaired decision-making capacity; informed consent and the use of biospecimens; harmonization of human subjects regulations and guidance; the reduction of regulatory burden; the HIPAA Privacy Rule; community-engaged research, and accreditation.