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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:01:47 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] BIOLABS: "CDC to review oversight of bioterror labs after USA TODAY investigation"
CDC to review oversight of bioterror labs after USA TODAY investigation

by Alison Young
July 21, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching a comprehensive review of how it regulates safety and security at bioterror labs in the wake of an ongoing USA TODAY Media Network investigation that has prompted congressional probes into the agency’s effectiveness.

CDC Director Tom Frieden ordered the review last week as USA TODAY prepared to report on newly obtained documents showing that the agency’s inspectors have allowed labs to keep experimenting with bioterror pathogens despite failing to meet key requirements on inspection after inspection, sometimes for years. The action also comes as the agency faces a hearing in the House next week.

“This review will be wide-ranging and includes a review of regulatory authority and the exercise of that authority so that we can identify potential modifications to the methods used to inspect labs,” the CDC said in a statement this week.

The review, which is expected to take 90 days, will be directed by Stephen Redd, director of the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, the CDC said.


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