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Letter Calling on Senator Chuck Grassley to Examine OHRP’s Failure to Adequately Protect Human Research Subjects

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Public Citizen sent a letter to Senator Chuck Grassley urging him to broadly examine the adequacy of the Office for Human Research Protections’ (OHRP’s) compliance oversight activities and demand that the agency cease abusing its discretion when deciding whether to initiate evaluations of noncompliance allegations. The letter noted that OHRP now routinely bypasses its own procedures for investigating allegations of misconduct, which in turn signals to the research community that there is little chance the agency will investigate even serious allegations of regulatory violations.