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8-7 - INTERAGENCY COORDINATION

 8-7 - INTERAGENCY COORDINATION
      8-7-1 - Agencies FDA Cooperates With In Emergency Situations
      8-7-2 - Federal Agency Checklist
      8-7-3 - State And Local Agency Checklist

  8-7 - INTERAGENCY COORDINATION

Liaison with responsible government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels must be effective during emergency situations to ensure that resource allocations are efficient and that policy is understood and that roles are well defined. Considering that federal agency responsibility varies from one emergency to another and that state and local government organizations differ from the federal model, the specific agencies that should cooperate in a given situation depends on the problem and its location as well.

The EOC will coordinate all interagency liaison activities during emergencies and will establish communications with the headquarters office of the responsible federal agencies. The lead district will establish communications with field offices of the responsible federal agencies. The EOC and the Division of Mammography Quality and Radiation Programs, CDRH, will share radiological emergency interagency liaison in accordance with attachment A.

Both the lead district and other investigating districts will establish communications with responsible state agencies. State agencies often receive assistance from local agencies, universities and other units in carrying out their responsibilities. Usually FDA will work through the state in coordinating efforts on the local level. Depending upon the state, it may be more appropriate for FDA district offices to work directly with such local units.

  8-7-1 - Agencies FDA Cooperates With In Emergency Situations

These agencies may be grouped under five broad areas of responsibility, as follows:

  1. Overall emergency management;
  2. Consumer products;
  3. The environment;
  4. Human health; and,
  5. Animal health.

  8-7-2 - Federal Agency Checklist

  1. Overall Emergency Management
    1. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/Department of Homeland Security (DHS);
    2. Public Health Service Emergency; and,
    3. Coordinator (PHS)
  2. Consumer Products
    1. Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA);
    2. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC);
    3. National Marine Fisheries Service NOAA/USDC;
    4. Defense Logistics Agency;
    5. Department of Defense (DOD);
    6. Contract Compliance Service;
    7. Veterans Administration (VA);
    8. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA);
    9. (FIFRA Products) (EPA); and,
    10. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) .
  3. The Environment
    1. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA);
    2. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
    3. U.S. Coast Guard (Oil Spills) (USCG);
    4. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC);
    5. Department of Energy (DOE); and,
    6. Department of Transportation (DOT).
  4. Human Health
    1. Department of Health and Human Services – Secretary’s Operations Center (SOC);
    2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);
    3. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences;
    4. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA); and,
    5. U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).
  5. Animal Health
    1. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA);
    2. National Animal Disease Laboratory (USDA);
    3. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USDI); and,
    4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  8-7-3 - State And Local Agency Checklist

  1. Overall Emergency Management
    1. Governor's Office (or Governor's Designated Emergency Contact)
  2. Consumer Products
  3. The Environment
  4. Human Health
  5. Animal Health
  6. Agriculture