From the U.S. House of Representatives Downloadable U.S. Code [uscode.house.gov] [Laws in effect as of January 5, 1999] [CITE: 42USC300aa-27] TITLE 42 - THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE CHAPTER 6A - PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE SUBCHAPTER XIX - VACCINES Part 2 - National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program subpart c - assuring a safer childhood vaccination program in united states -HEAD- Sec. 300aa-27. Mandate for safer childhood vaccines -STATUTE- (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 vaccines. (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 Control. (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. -SOURCE- (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.) -COD- CODIFICATION 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. -MISC3- AMENDMENTS 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 part''. -CHANGE- 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. -MISC4- 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. -SECREF- SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS This section is referred to in section 300aa-19 of this title.
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