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    U.S. House and Senate Call for Reduced Regulatory Burden on Academic Researchers

    Date: April 13, 2016

    To address problems with regulatory burden across federal research agencies, Representative Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) released a draft of the “University Regulation Streamlining and Harmonization Act of 2016” and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced a bill entitled “Promoting Biomedical Research and Public Health for Patients Act.” Both bills focus mostly on policies specific to the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control, and call for the creation of a Research Policy Board to review and recommend mechanisms to reform existing federal regulations on research to reduce the burden on scientists. Some of the responsibilities of the Research Policy Board would include reviewing regulations pertaining to animal care and use in research, grant sub-recipient monitoring, and making recommendations on maintaining an online database of funded researcher bio-sketches, raising the purchase limit where competitive quotes are required from $3000 to $10000, and streamlining its regulations related to investigators’ financial conflicts of interest.