Distinguishing public health research and public health nonresearch
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Distinguishing public health research and public health nonresearch

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    CDC's policy on distinguishing public health research and public health nonresearch
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    This policy supersedes the Guidelines for Defining Public Health Research and Public Health Non-research, revised October 1999.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to protecting the rights and welfare of 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, which codifies regulations for the protection of human research participants.

    This policy sets forth CDC guidelines on the definition of public health research conducted by CDC staff irrespective of the funding source, whether provided by CDC or by another entity. Under federal regulations (45 CFR part 46), the determination of what is research and whether the federal regulations are applicable lies with CDC and, ultimately, with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS). Thus, this document is intended to apply to CDC activities and CDC-supported activities carried out by state and local health departments and other institutions that conduct collaborative research with CDC. The policy is intended to ensure both the protection of human research participants and the effective practice of public health.

    This document is scheduled for recertification on or before the last working day of July 2015.


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