PHEMCEPublic Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise
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Recommendation: To improve HHS's countermeasure enterprise and activities and to provide reasonable assurance that HHS's initiatives will achieve the intended results of improving PHEMCE and its medical countermeasure activities, the Secretary of HHS should develop a strategy to monitor the overall progress and results of implementing the initiatives by obtaining complete information on all initiatives.
The proposed establishment of a federal emergency vaccination law builds upon the existing authority given to the HHS Secretary to declare a public health emergency, issue waivers in the course of a mass vaccination campaign, and oversee entities such as PHEMCE, NVP, and CDC, that coordinate and implement mass vaccination practices.
OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES, PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY MEDICAL COUNTERMEASURES ENTERPRISE (PHEMCE), http://www.hhs .gov/aspr/bard/phemce/index.html (last visited Oct.
According to HHS, the WMD MCM Subcommittee's duties were transferred to the PHEMCE Governance Board.
These roles are similar to those of the PHEMCE and its draft strategy.
If finalized, the Draft PHEMCE Strategy may fulfill this requirement.
HHS is moving to address some of these issues by publishing its Draft PHEMCE Strategy for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Threats, (64) inviting public comment, and reaching out to the public and companies that might develop needed countermeasures through stakeholder meetings.
It remains to be seen whether these concerns will be allayed through the management changes being implemented subsequent to: the reorganization of the Office of Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures; the establishment of PHEMCE and publication of its draft strategy; the enactment of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (P.L.
This name was apparently changed to include "Emergency" in the title, making it the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE).