November 4, 2015 - ASM Comments on Identifying Sources of Agricultural Innovation

That ASM sent comments to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) regarding an a Request for Information (RFI) on Identifying Sources of Agricultural Innovation.

ASM Advisory on the Report of the Fast-Track Action Committee on Mapping the Microbiome

The ASM sent out an advisory to members regarding the Report of the Fast-Track Action Committee on Mapping the Microbiome.

May 8, 2015 - ASM Comments on the 21st Century Cures Act

The ASM sent comments on the 21st Centurey Cures Initiative to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

December 2, 2015 - ASM Letter Regarding the Report of the Fast-Track Action Committee on Mapping the Microbiome

The ASM sent a letter to Dr. John Holdren, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and Shaun Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget regarding the Report of the Fast-Track Action Committee on Mapping the Microbiome.  The report was published by the Life Sciences Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council.

April 21, 2015 - Energy & Environment Provisions in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2016

The ASM sent a letter to members of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology about provisions in the America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2016, H.R. 1806.

November 19, 2015 - ASM Comments on Proposed Changes to Human Subject Protection Regulations (Common Rule)

ASM applauds proposed changes in the Human Subject Protection Regulations that would exclude the use of spent, de-identified human specimens for routine validation of diagnostic tests, as well as other quality assurance activities and asks that that this exclusion from oversight be expanded to include all research on de-identified specimens that do not involve analysis of human genetic material.

April 7, 2015 - ASM Comments on Impact of Select Agent Regulations

The ASM submitted comments in response to the Office of Science and Technology and Policy's request for comment on the impact that the Select Agent Regulations have had on science, technology, and national security, and on the benefits, costs, and limitations of the regulations.

November 10, 2015 - ASM Recommendations for the FDA FY 2016 Budget

The ASM sent funding recommendations to the Committees on Appropriations for the FDA FY 2016 budget.  

April 7, 2015 - ASM Comments on Select Agent Regulations Biennial Review

The ASM submitted comments to the Centers for Disease Control on the Biennial Review of the Select Agent Regulations.

October 6, 2015 - ASM Letter in Response to the Antimicrobial Resistance Rapid Point of Care Diagnostic Test Challenge

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is  holding a prize competition in which up to $20 million will be made available, subject to the availability of funds, for the delivery of one or more successful rapid point-of-care diagnostics that may be used by health care providers to identify bacterial infections.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) are sponsoring the prize competition and invited public comments regarding the technical criteria and performance characteristics of the diagnostics for which the prize will be offered.  The development and use of rapid, point-of-care, and innovative diagnostic tests for identification and characterization of resistant bacteria was a goal identified in the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria released in September 2014  and addressed in the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria released in March 2015.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are contributing technical and regulatory expertise to develop the award evaluation process.

March 25, 2015 - ASM Letter Concerning CDC Biosafety Recommendations

The ASM sent a letter to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Department of Health and Human Services regarding CDC Biosafety recommendations.

September 22, 2015 – ASM Comments on Cost Increase for the Drug Pyrimethamine

The ASM sent a letter to Turing Pharmaceuticals regarding the company’s recent 5,000 percent cost increase for the decades old generic drug pyrimethamine (Daraprim).

March 19, 2015 - Fiscal Year 2016 Appropriations Statements

The ASM submitted FY 2016 appropriations recommendations to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees.  

September 18, 2015 - ASM Sends Letter to Members of Congress on Antibiotic Tax Credit Bill

The ASM sent a letter to Representatives Boustany and Thompson regarding their proposed Antibiotic and Rapid Diagnostic Research and Development Tax Credit Act of 2015.  The legislation is designed to accelerate discovery of novel tools against drug resistant microbial pathogens.

September 8, 2015 – ASM Poses Questions to CMS on Implementation of IQCP

The ASM submitted questions to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the implementation of Individualized Quality Control Plans (IQCPs) in the clinical microbiology laboratory.  The answers sought will allow ASM to assist clinical microbiologists prepare for implementation of their own IQCPs by the deadline of January 2016.  

August 24, 2015 - ASM Comments on the List of Select Agents and Toxins

The ASM submitted comments to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the possession, use, and transfer of select agents and toxins.  The comments addressed adding certain Influenza virus strains to the List of Select Agents and Toxins.

August 17, 2015 - ASM Comments on NIH RFI on the Framework for the NIH-wide Strategic Plan

The ASM submitted comments to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) RFI on the Framework for the NIH-wide Strategic Plan.  The comments will help NIH develop a 5-year strategic plan to outline a vision for biomedical research that will pursue fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and apply that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce illness and disability.

August 17, 2015 - ASM Comments on Department of State and Commerce Control Regulations for Certain Pathogens

The ASM submitted comments to the US Department of Commerce and the US State Department regarding the Category XIV materials (Toxicological Agents, Including Chemical Agents, Biological Agents, and Associated Equipment) included on the United States Munitions List and the Commerce Control List.

July 16, 2015 - Payment Determinations for Calendar Year 2016 for New Clinical Laboratory Tests

The ASM presented recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at its annual public meeting on payment levels for new tests to be included in the 2016 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule.


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