Landmark legislation and federal reports related to women's health and sex equity in research and care are listed in this section.

Federal Legislation

NIH Revitalization Act of 1993 (PL 103-43)

Major Policy Reports

Institute of Medicine:  Sex-specific Reporting of Scientific ResearchWorkshop Summary, National Academy of Sciences, (2012

Parekh A. et al.  Adverse effects in women:  Implications for drug development and regulatory policies.  Expert Rev. Clin Phara.  (2011)

Institute of Medicine:   Sex Differences and Implications for Translational Neuroscience ResearchWorkshop Summary, National Academies Press, Washington DC, Dec 2010.

Institute of Medicine:   Women's Health Research:  Progress, Pitfalls, and PromiseNational Academy Press, Washington, DC, (2010).

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women's Health.  Strategic Plan:   Moving into the Future with New Dimensions and Strategies:   A Vision for 2020 for Women's Health Research.  (2010)  NIH Publ. # 10-7606

Department of Health and Human Services NIH monitoring adherence to the NIH policy on the inclusion of women and minorities as subjects in clinical research.  Comprehensive Report:  Tracking of Human Subjects Research as Reported in Fiscal Year 2005 and Fiscal Year 2006 (2007).

Pending Legislation--Not Passed
On June 17, 2014,  A bipartisan bill was introduced in Congress by  U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper and U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis  that would require the inclusion and separate analysis of both male and female animals, tissues and cells in basic research conducted and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This bill, if passed, would make the recent announcement by NIH Director Francis Collins last May the law of the land.   Current law does not require researchers to study female animals when conducting basic medical research.