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HHS pitches 10-year expiration for several rules

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a new rule November 4 that would require a review of rules every 10 years “to determine whether the regulation is still needed and whether it is having appropriate impacts,” according to a release.

Under the proposed rule, any regulation issued by HHS, with certain exceptions, will cease to be effective 10 years after it is issued, unless HHS performs a plenary assessment of the regulation and a more detailed review of those regulations that have a significant economic impact upon a substantial number of small entities.  

HHS Chief of Staff Brian Harrison said the rule is expected to sunset burdensome regulations, calling it “the boldest and most significant regulatory reform effort ever undertaken by HHS.”

HHS could finalize a version of this rule after the public comment period concludes in January.

Read the proposed rule: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/11/04/2020-23888/securing-updated-and-necessary-statutory-evaluations-timely