Nancy King, JD, Professor, Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine; Co-Director, Center for Bioethics, Health, & Society and Graduate Program in Bioethics, Wake Forest University, has been appointed by US Dept of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Burwell to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) for a 4-year term beginning 21st October 2015.

The SACHRP provides expert advice and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS on issues and topics pertaining to the protection of human research subjects. The Committee was created in 2001.

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.

In upcoming meetings, SACHRP will discuss recommendations to HHS about the recently released Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on changes to the federal regulations for human subjects research.