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Optimize Legal, Regulatory and Policy Framework

Description: Modernize and optimize the legal, regulatory, and policy framework for efficient preparedness and response by assessing current laws and regulations and proposing changes that will facilite an efficient response to public health emergencies.

Briefing Status: ON TRACK

Prior Briefing Status: ON TRACK

Milestone DescriptionMilestone DateMilestone StatusMilestone Completion Date

1. Establish a legal and policy team (EPIC--Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Policy Implementation Committee) to review and analyze current laws and regulations and recommend changes


Completed 1/6/2011

2. Draft chapter on the medical countermeasures "FDA Emergency Preparedness and Response Roles and Authorities" for inclusion in a publication being issued by the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI), Food and Drug Law and Regulation Book


Completed 6/13/2011

3. Propose to the Department changes to FDA's authorities to facilitate MCM availability as part of the Department's legislative package for reauthorization of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA). Revisions would allow FDA to issue EUAs in advance of a CBRN event, facilitate mass dispensing of approved products and authorize shelf-life extension.


Completed 6/1/2011

4. Develop and issue doxycycline mass dispensing EUA


Completed 7/21/2011

5. Develop and issue doxycycline USPS EUA for Cities Readiness Program


Completed 10/14/2011


  • Additional milestones are currently under development.

Key Projects Legend

Milestone StatusDefinition
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CompletedMilestone and/or overall project is completed.
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On HoldMilestone - On hold, but deadline for completion has not passed. Quarter status - Project is on hold, based on overall milestone status.
DelayedMilestone - Delayed as it has not been completed and deadline has passed. Quarter status - Project is delayed based on overall milestone status.


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