Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (P.L. 109-417): Provisions and Changes (P.L. 109-417): Provisions and Changes [Updated March 12, 2007] [open pdf - 201KB]
From the Summary: "The 109th Congress passed 'P.L. 109-417,' the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act. The act reauthorized a number of expiring preparedness and response programs in the PHS Act, and established some new authorities, including the creation of a Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a new office in HHS to support, coordinate, and provide oversight of advanced development of vaccines and biodefense countermeasures. The act's provisions reflected the concerns of Members of the 109th Congress and others regarding the flawed response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the threat of a possible influenza pandemic. A comparison of provisions in 'P.L. 109-417' with preexisting law is provided in Table 1 later in this report. The 110th Congress will likely be interested in the implementation of provisions in 'P.L. 109-417,' and in the continued evolution of relationships between HHS, DHS, the states, and others among whom coordination is essential in a time of heightened concern about national security. Members of the 110th Congress may wish to consider legislation to address additional expiring public health authorities, such as the Select Agent program to control access to pathogens that could be used for bioterrorism, which expires at the end of FY2007. Congress may also wish to examine the adequacy of certain permanent emergency response and funding authorities of the Secretary of HHS."
CRS Report for Congress, RL33589
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