Who We Are
MedicalCountermeasures.gov facilitates communication between federal government agencies and public stakeholders to enhance the Nation's public health emergency preparedness
Objectives of Medicalcountermeasures.gov
To facilitate communication and improves transparency related to public
health emergency medical countermeasures by engaging stakeholders in industry and the research and development community.
To provide external stakeholders with a single point of entry to the U.S. government to
discuss products that treat or prevent harm from a threat. Stakeholders with medicalcountermeasures will be touted to the
most appropriate department within the federal government for consideration.
To facilitate the flow of information between the government and stakeholders in the
research and development community by providing up-to-date information on government initiatives and events.
" The U.S. faces a wide range of threats from terrorist attacks to natually-occuring disease
outbreaks. The threats are real and BARDA's mission is to work with our partners to do something about them. "
--Rick A. Bright, Ph.D.,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness
and Response and BARDA Director
Agencies which coordinate Federal efforts to enhance preparedness for medical countermeasures (MCM) for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats (CBRN), emerging infectious diseases (EID), medical devices, etc.
Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority
BARDA provides a systematic approach to the development and purchase
of the necessary vaccines, drugs, therapies, and diagnostic tools for public health
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
ASPR focuses on preparedness planning and response; building federal emergency medical
operational capabilities; countermeasures research, and grants to strengthen the capabilities
of health care systems to minimize the health impacts of public health emergencies.
United States National Institutes of Health
NIH is responsible for conducting research to better understand public health threats
and establish a foundation for developing medical countermeasures.
United States Food and Drug Administration
FDA's responsibility is to ensure that medical countermeasures (MCMs)-such as drugs,
vaccines, and diagnostic tests-to counter these threats are safe, effective, and secure.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC leads the emergency preparedness and response activities by providing strategic
coordination for activities across local, state, national, and international
public health partners.
United States Department of Defense
The DoD provides the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our
country. The department's headquarters is at the Pentagon.
United States Department of Homeland Security
The DHS is charged with securing the nation from the many threats we face. These threats include
natural and man-made biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear threats.