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September 9, 2008

CDC’s Policies and Procedures Governing the Collection and Study of Specimens

“Maintaining CDC’s world renowned culture collections of specimens is essential to carrying out the agency’s core public health functions to detect, control, and prevent morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases. CDC manages its specimens in a manner commensurate with the scientific integrity required by HHS guidelines and policies. These policies and guidelines include, but are not limited to, the HHS Public Health Service Policies on Research Misconduct and the HHS Protection of Human Subjects regulations. Laboratories also have guidelines specific to the types of specimens collected, as most collections must be handled in very specific and often unique ways. Each collection has a curator, whose responsibility is to create, maintain, and oversee the use of these special collections. These specimen collections are unique and unmatched anywhere in the world. They are critical to CDC's mission and to our commitment to the global community as a reference diagnostic center, as well as supporting the work accomplished in our nearly 30 World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centers for Reference and Research on viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi.”

(Statement of Dr. Janet Nicholson before House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.)

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