On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, President Biden’s chief of staff, Ronald A. Klain, circulated a memorandum (memo) to the heads of federal executive departments and agencies outlining an Executive Action implementing a 60-day freeze on any new or pending regulations. This is a customary practice for new administrations. The freeze allows the administration to conduct an appropriate review of these rules to determine if there is any conflict with the President’s policy objectives. Both the Obama and Trump administrations issued nearly identical Executive Actions on their first day in office.
This publication provides additional background on this action and provides a list of regulations in the health and life science fields that the memo may affect.