HHS Guidance Submissions
On December 3, 2020, HHS released a Final Rule governing the agency's release and maintenance of guidance documents. See Good Guidance Practices Final Rule. These regulations will help to ensure that the public receives appropriate notice of new guidance and that the Department's guidance does not impose obligations on regulated parties that are not already reflected in duly enacted statutes or regulations lawfully promulgated under them.
Additional HHS guidance is incorporated throughout the preambles to proposed and final rules. These preambles are available at Department of Health and Human Services Federal Register entries, then performing a keyword search.
As explained in the Good Guidance Practices Final Rule, guidance documents issued by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) will be subject to the requirements of the Final Rule until the Secretary amends FDA’s existing good guidance practices regulation. FDA has obtained two exemptions from the Director of the Office of Management and Budget that exempt the following types of guidance documents from the requirement that they be posted to the guidance repository: (1) Product-Specific Guidances for Generic Drug Development, and (2) Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) Policy Guidance Help System (PGHS). These exemptions will be incorporated into the FDA’s amendments to its good guidance practices regulation. In the meantime, copies of these guidance documents can be found here:
- Product-Specific Guidances for Generic Drug Development .
- Mammography Quality Standards Act Policy Guidance Help System
- FDA Guidance Documents Search Page
DISCLAIMER: The contents of this database lack the force and effect of law, except as authorized by law (including Medicare Advantage Rate Announcements and Advance Notices) or as specifically incorporated into a contract. The Department may not cite, use, or rely on any guidance that is not posted on the guidance repository, except to establish historical facts.
Search HHS Guidance Documents
|Title||OpDiv/StaffDiv Sort descending||Guidance Status||Issue Date|
|Numbers at a Glance June 2009||Office for Civil Rights (OCR)||Final|
|Numbers at a Glance August 2007||Office for Civil Rights (OCR)||Final|
|Numbers at a Glance December 2010||Office for Civil Rights (OCR)||Final|
|Lack of timely action risks security and costs money - February 1, 2017||Office for Civil Rights (OCR)||Final|
|Medical Treatment in Hill-Burton Funded Healthcare Facilities||Office for Civil Rights (OCR)||Final|
|Notice of Privacy Practice FAQs Landing Page||Office for Civil Rights (OCR)||Final|
|How does OCR investigate a civil rights complaint?||Office for Civil Rights (OCR)||Final|
|Improper disclosure of research participants’ protected health information results in $3.9 million HIPAA settlement||Office for Civil Rights (OCR)||Final|
|Health Information Privacy Complaints Received by Calendar Year||Office for Civil Rights (OCR)||Final|
|HIPAA Enforcement Rule Landing Page||Office for Civil Rights (OCR)||Final|
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