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Regulations

Federal regulation is one of the basic tools government uses to carry out public policy. Agencies create regulations (also known as "rules") when Congress provides the authority to do so.

Public Participation in Rulemaking

The public plays an extremely important role in the rulemaking process by commenting on proposed rules. Your comments can help shape the decisions the Department makes. Learn more about regulations and how you can make your voice heard by reading the HHS Regulations Toolkit.

Find and comment on rules

HHS Regulations Infographic: 5 Things YOU Need to Know About HHS Regulations. 1. What is a federal regulation? After Congressional bills become laws, federal agencies are responsible for putting those laws into action through regulations (also known as 'rules'). The public plays an extremely important role in the rulemaking process by commenting on proposed rules to help improve them. Why should I comment? We value your input. HHS must seek public review and comments before finalizing a regulation. This action is called a 'Notice of Proposed Rulemaking' (NPRM). How do I comment? Find a list of NPRMs that are open for comment at HHS.gov/Regulations. Follow the links to each division’s proposed rules located on Regulations.gov, and leave a comment there or, if you prefer, find out more information about other ways to provide comments. When can I comment? The proposed rule includes the length of time you have to submit comments. Usually, you will have 60 days. After the comment period closes, agencies publish a 'final rule,' which may change the NPRM based on comments received Will my comment really be considered? Yes, it will be. Each one is read and considered. In 2012, HHS received more than 14,000 comments on proposed rules. After applying changes, HHS published 36 improved final rules. HHS.gov/Regluations. HHS.gov. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201.

HHS Regulations

HHS Regulations by Operating Division

Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

Administration for Community Living (ACL)
Formerly the Administration on Aging, ACF's Administration on Developmental Disabilities, and the Office on Disability

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Indian Health Service (IHS)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

More on regulations


Additional Laws & Regulations

Find laws and regulations on civil and privacy rights, food and drugs, medical and health care, Medicaid and Medicare, research, fraud prevention and detection, tribal matters, and HHS employment.

Civil and Privacy Rights

Food & Drugs

Fraud Prevention & Detection

Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Act

Medical & Health Care

Medicare/Medicaid
CMS Regulations, Guidance & Legislation (i.e. Medicare, Medicaid, HIPAA) (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)

Research

Tribes

HHS Acquisition Regulation

HHS Employment (No Fear Act)
Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 (No FEAR Act) (Equal Employment & Opportunity Division)


Content last reviewed on February 17, 2006