HHS Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated to the Public. IX. Other Agency Specific Policies and Procedures


HRSA, through its Bureaus and Offices, administers a variety of service delivery and demonstration programs. HRSA Bureaus and Offices also administer some specific research programs and a variety of epidemiological and service utilization studies, as well as evaluations which might be considered research. Participants must be protected from potential risks that may be associated with any such research projects. HRSA Policy Circular No. 96.05 establishes policies and procedures to protect human subjects in research programs conducted or supported by HRSA.

This circular gives guidance for compliance with HHS regulations dealing with protection of human research subjects. It states HSRA policy for various levels of protection applicable to HRSA programs, and explains how to determine the protection level appropriate to each program. It provides guidance on exemption for certain research activities or public benefit or service programs, requiring evaluation of such claims by program staff and approval by a HRSA Human Subjects Protection Committee.

If the public checks the HRSA resources for public information but does not find adequate information, they may file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The HRSA FOIA Home Page, newsroom.hrsa.gov/efoia.htm has the location and contact information for making such requests. The site contains a guide for requesting information and records from HRSA as well as a copy of the Freedom of Information Act, As Amended. In addition, this site provides the HRSA Annual FOIA Report for Fiscal Years 1998 through 2001.