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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. 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).See full-size version

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)

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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




HHS Acquisition Regulation

HHS Employment (No Fear Act)

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Content last reviewed on March 27, 2015