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Guidelines for defining public health research and public health non-research

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    CDC's Guidelines for defining public health research and public health non-research
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    Revised October 4, 1999.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to preventing disease and injury and improving health for all Americans. CDC is also committed to protecting individuals who participate in all public health activities. In the conduct of public health research, CDC follows the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, Part 46, The Public Health Service Act as amended by the Health Research Extension Act of 1985, Public Law 99-158, which sets forth regulations for the protection of human subjects.

    This document, Defining Public Health Research and Public Health Non-Research, sets forth CDC guidelines on the definition of public health research conducted by CDC staff irrespective of the funding source (i.e., provided by CDC or by another entity). Under Federal regulations (45 CFR 46), the final determination of what is research and whether the Federal regulations are applicable lies with CDC and, ultimately, with the Office for Protection from Research Risks (OPRR). Thus, this document is intended to provide guidance to state and local health departments and other institutions that conduct collaborative research with CDC staff or that are recipients of CDC funds. The guidelines are intended to ensure both the protection of human subjects and the effective practice of public health.

    Superseded by Distinguishing public health research and public health nonresearch, issued 07/29/2010.

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