HHS Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated to the Public. VIII. Special Considerations for Agency Dissemination


Sometimes NIH provides "late breaking news" of urgent import to the public on research findings prior to publication in scientific journals and prior to peer review by journals. Under such special circumstances, NIH may temporarily waive adherence to information quality guidelines. However, when it does so, there is an internal review process that routinely draws upon external expertise and relevant monitoring or advisory boards to ensure that information disseminated to the public summarizes the facts as NIH currently knows them, and that appropriate disclaimers are attached.