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Laws & Regulations

Agencies create regulations (also known as "rules") under the authority of Congress to help government carry out public policy. Learn about HHS’ top regulations and how you can make your voice heard.

HIPAA Privacy Rule

The HIPAA Privacy Rule protects personal health information and gives patients a variety of rights.

Human Subjects Research Protections

Institutions engaging in most HHS-supported human subject research must have an approved assurance of compliance with protective HHS regulations.


The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act supports the development of a nationwide health IT infrastructure.

Comment on Open Rules

You can play an important role in the Department’s decisions by commenting on proposed rules.

Additional HHS Laws & Regulations

Find laws and regulations on civil rights, privacy rights, research, fraud prevention and detection, freedom of information, tribal matters, employment, and more.