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    As Ebola Catches Attention of Congress, FDA Emergency Preparedness Bill Becomes Campaign Fodder

    In March 2013, US President Barack Obama quietly signed into law the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (PAHPRA) , a biodefense bill which gave the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new authority to preemptively prepare for potential pandemics or biological threats. But while the bill received little attention and even less congressional opposition at the time, an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is now making the bill's passage—and FDA's ...
  • EC Committees: Changes Coming to European Human Risk Assessment

    • 22 October 2012
    A new discussion paper generated by three of the EU's top scientific committee has called for a paradigm shift in the way regulators assess risks to human health from a hazard-driven process to one driven by exposure. The paper, Addressing the New Challenges for Risk Assessment , was issued by three of the European Commission's Scientific Committees: the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR), the Scientific Committee on Consumer ...