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From the U.S. House of Representatives Downloadable U.S. Code
[Laws in effect as of January 5, 1999]

[CITE: 42USC300aa-27]

    Part 2 - National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
    subpart c - assuring a safer childhood vaccination program in
         united states
    Sec. 300aa-27. Mandate for safer childhood vaccines
    (a) General rule
      In the administration of this part and other pertinent laws under
    the jurisdiction of the Secretary, the Secretary shall -
        (1) promote the development of childhood vaccines that result
      in fewer and less serious adverse reactions than those vaccines
      on the market on December 22, 1987, and promote the refinement of
      such vaccines, and
        (2) make or assure improvements in, and otherwise use the
      authorities of the Secretary with respect to, the licensing,
      manufacturing, processing, testing, labeling, warning, use
      instructions, distribution, storage, administration, field
      surveillance, adverse reaction reporting, and recall of
      reactogenic lots or batches, of vaccines, and research on
      vaccines, in order to reduce the risks of adverse reactions to
    (b) Task force
      (1) The Secretary shall establish a task force on safer childhood
    vaccines which shall consist of the Director of the National
    Institutes of Health, the Commissioner of the Food and Drug
    Administration, and the Director of the Centers for Disease
      (2) The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall serve
    as chairman of the task force.
      (3) In consultation with the Advisory Commission on Childhood
    Vaccines, the task force shall prepare recommendations to the
    Secretary concerning implementation of the requirements of
    subsection (a) of this section.
    (c) Report
      Within 2 years after December 22, 1987, and periodically
    thereafter, the Secretary shall prepare and transmit to the
    Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives
    and the Committee on Labor and Human Resources of the Senate a
    report describing the actions taken pursuant to subsection (a) of
    this section during the preceding 2-year period.
    (July 1, 1944, ch. 373, title XXI, Sec. 2127, as added Pub. L.
    99-660, title III, Sec. 311(a), Nov. 14, 1986, 100 Stat. 3777;
    amended Pub. L. 100-203, title IV, Sec. 4302(b)(1), Dec. 22, 1987,
    101 Stat. 1330-221; Pub. L. 101-239, title VI, Sec. 6601(q), Dec.
    19, 1989, 103 Stat. 2292.)
      In subsecs. (a)(1), (c), ''December 22, 1987'' substituted for
    ''the effective date of this subpart'' on authority of section 323
    of Pub. L. 99-660, as amended, set out as an Effective Date note
    under section 300aa-1 of this title.
      1989 - Subsecs. (b), (c). Pub. L. 101-239 added subsec. (b) and
    redesignated former subsec. (b) as (c).
      1987 - Subsecs. (a)(1), (b). Pub. L. 100-203 substituted
    ''effective date of this subpart'' for ''effective date of this
                               CHANGE OF NAME
      Centers for Disease Control changed to Centers for Disease
    Control and Prevention by Pub. L. 102-531, title III, Sec. 312,
    Oct. 27, 1992, 106 Stat. 3504.
      Committee on Energy and Commerce of House of Representatives
    treated as referring to Committee on Commerce of House of
    Representatives by section 1(a) of Pub. L. 104-14, set out as a
    note preceding section 21 of Title 2, The Congress.
                      EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1989 AMENDMENT
      For applicability of amendments by Pub. L. 101-239 to petitions
    filed after Dec. 19, 1989, petitions currently pending in which the
    evidentiary record is closed, and petitions currently pending in
    which the evidentiary record is not closed, with provision for an
    immediate suspension for 30 days of all pending cases, see section
    6601(s)(1) of Pub. L. 101-239, set out as a note under section
    300aa-10 of this title.
      This section is referred to in section 300aa-19 of this title.

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