USA – Biden’s day one regulatory freeze

Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden wasted little time in acting to halt former President Donald Trump’s “midnight regulations” and to revoke some of his predecessor’s controversial deregulatory orders in his first day in office.
 
Biden’s “regulatory freeze” memorandum will likely impact several moves by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the final days and weeks of the Trump administration that impact the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), either by withdrawing or delaying the implementation of the actions. (RELATED: HHS pushes through last-minute policies impacting FDARegulatory Focus 12 January 2021; HHS, FDA dispute spills out onto TwitterRegulatory Focus 19 January 2021).
 
The memo, issued by White House Chief of Staff Ronald Klain, calls on the heads of executive departments and agencies to “propose or issue no rule in any manner – including by sending a rule to the Office of the Federal Register [OFR] – until a department or agency head appointed or designated by the president after noon on January 20, 2021, reviews and approves the rule.” Previous administrations, including those of Trump and Barack Obama, issued similar memos to stop last-minute actions by the outgoing administration…