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This website is currently in the process of being updated. For guidance on the HIPAA Privacy Rule in research, please see:

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Contact Information

For additional information about the HIPAA Privacy Rule and research within various Federal agencies, you may wish to contact the agencies directly by telephone or US mail. Mailing addresses and telephone numbers for the offices handling privacy issues within the agencies are listed below. You may also wish to visit the agencies' websites for additional information. (Web addresses are listed on the Federal Resources page.)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Privacy Coordinator
540 Gaither Road
Rockville, MD 20850

Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Privacy Rule Coordinator 
Health Information Privacy Office
1600 Clifton NE, MS D74
Atlanta, Georgia 30333

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Office of Policy
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 14-101
Rockville, MD 20857

Indian Health Service (IHS)
IHS Privacy Act Officer
Twinbrook Metro Plaza, Suite 450
12300 Twinbrook Parkway
Rockville, MD 20852

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Office of the Director, Office of Science Policy
Office of Biotechnology Activities
6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750
Bethesda, MD 20892

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Toll Free: 1-877-696-6775

Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)
Department of Health and Human Services
Office of the Secretary
The Tower Building
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200
Rockville, MD 20852

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Office of Communications
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857

For formal guidance on interpretation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule, contact the Office for Civil rights,

For formal guidance on interpretation of HHS regulations at 45 CFR part 46 Protection of Human Subjects, contact OHRP,

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