USA – HHS hits pause on Trump era SUNSET rule

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is postponing the implementation of a controversial Trump era rule that would have required the department to review thousands of its regulations while the rule undergoes judicial review.

The Securing Updated and Necessary Statutory Evaluations Timely (SUNSET) was first proposed in November 2020 and finalized on 19 January 2021, one day before President Joe Biden’s inauguration. At its core, the rule would sunset most HHS regulations after 10 years if they are not assessed and reviewed based on criteria set out in the Regulatory Flexibility Act and requires HHS to review nearly all its regulations within five years. (RELATED: HHS pushes through last-minute policies impacting FDARegulatory Focus 12 January 2021).
 
The rule also allows the HHS secretary to extend the review the deadline for regulations by up to one year and requires the department to publish monthly lists of the assessments and reviews it has begun for public comment…