Twenty-six organizations ask NIH to delay and reconsider clinical trials policy

Policy would reclassify basic research as “clinical trials.”

The American Psychological Association and 25 other organizations representing a broad range of scientific disciplines sent a letter to Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, asking that NIH delay implementing its policy reclassifying much basic research as clinical trials. The letter concludes, “We urge NIH to work with the affected basic science communities to identify a reasonable solution.”

An earlier petition to Collins asking that the policy be changed has been signed by more than 3,500 scientists.

See here for previous coverage of this issue.  Additional materials can be found on the website of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, of which APA is a member.