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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Emergency Preparedness and Response

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MCMi in Action: Protecting National Health and Security

FDA is committed to protecting national health and security. We are working to foster the development and availability of medical products that will be needed to counter a public health emergency, no matter its origin.


The FDA Medical Countermeasures Initiative (MCMi) mission has three main components:

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Public Health and Security Action Teams promote the development and availability of medical countermeasures (MCMs) by establishing clear regulatory pathways.
 organ-on-a-chip, held between thumb and forefinger (image courtesy Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering)A robust MCM regulatory science program creates the data necessary to support regulatory decision-making
 Stethoscope and booksA collaborative effort to modernize the legal, regulatory and policy framework establishes effective policies and mechanisms to facilitate timely access to available MCMs