21st Century Cures

The 21st Century Cures Act (P.L. 114-255) is landmark, bipartisan legislation that was signed into law on Dec. 13, 2016, and touches virtually all aspects of biomedical research, medical product development and the regulatory approval process. Read what FasterCures has said about 21st Century Cures over the years.

FasterCures worked closely with Congress, federal agencies and the advocacy community throughout the legislation’s journey to the president’s desk. In February 2017, we debuted the 21st Century Cures Tracker to track the implementation of the 100+ sections in Division A, which include the key provisions relevant to biomedical research and innovation. (Other divisions of the law pertain to mental health and Medicare; since those are not areas of focus for FasterCures, we will not be actively tracking them here.) Learn more about how to use the tracker with our FAQs page.

A few examples of the issues we will be tracking include the impact of changes to the National Institutes of Health’s administrative requirements for grantees, how the Food and Drug Administration implements new changes designed to enhance patient engagement and how the Department of Health and Human Services is using its new authorities to promote health information technology interoperability.

Many external factors will affect the progress of these initiatives, including policies related to hiring freezes and uncertain funding levels. This tracker is not meant to be a pass/fail report card, but rather a snapshot in time that can help explain impact and identify where progress is needed.

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FasterCures' 21st Century Cures Act Tracker (P.L. 114-255)

Status Section Tracked Deadlines and Requirements Update Date of Update Tags
fa fa-2x fa-long-arrow-right Sec. 2041. Task force on research specific to pregnant women and lactating women. 3/13/2017 (90 days): requires establishment of a "Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women;" 18 months after establishment of task force (by 6/13/18 ) -- requires Task Force submission of a report to Congress.

12/13/2018: requires HHS to update regulations and guidance, as appropriate, regarding the inclusion of pregnant women and lactating women in clinical research.

10/2/2017: An updated notice was published for the meeting of the Task Force on November 6-7, 2017

4/18/2017: the Federal Register published a meeting notice for the Task Force which will be August 21 & 22, 2017 and a second meeting will be November 6-7, 2017 

3/21/2017: the NIH formally announced the establishment of the task force within the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. NICHD has reported to us that it is now in the process of compiling the slate of nominees to serve on the taskforce for the Secretary’s consideration.

1/18/2017: The Secretary of HHS delegated authority to the NIH to establish this task force.

20171002 10/02/2017 CDC, FDA, Guidances, NIH, Regulatory Affairs, Reports, Research
fa fa-2x fa-long-arrow-right Sec. 2061. National neurological conditions surveillance system. Directs CDC to establish integrated surveillance system to be called the "National Neurological Conditions Surveillance System".
Authorizes appropriation of funds to support the system: $5M per year (FY18-22).
12/13/2017: requires CDC submission of a report to Congress "regarding aggregate information collected" by the system. This report will be made public and will be updated biennially.
12/13/2020: requires HHS submission of a report to congress describing implementation of this system.

7/17/2017: Appropriations for FY18 are still pending. The National MS Society has issued a brief in support of the $5M appropriations to CDC for the establishment of the surveillance system as directed in this section.

20170717 07/17/2017 CDC, Funding, Reports
fa fa-2x fa-long-arrow-right Sec. 2062. Tick-borne diseases. Requires HHS to establish the "Tick-Borne Disease Working Group." (And subsequent sun-setting of the working group 6 years after enactment of the act.)
12/13/2018 (and every 2 years thereafter): delivery of a summary of tick-born disease research, treatment, and epidemiological studies.

7/17/2017: HHS announced the establishment the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group and launched the group's website.

20170717 07/17/2017 CDC, FDA, HHS, NIH, Reports, Research
fa fa-2x fa-long-arrow-right Sec. 2063. Accessing, sharing, and using health data for research purposes. 12/13/2017: requires HHS issuance of guidance clarifying that remote access of health data by researchers (under appropriate circumstances) is not forbidden by regulation.
12/13/2017: requires HHS issuance of guidance clarifying requirements for the authorized disclosure of protected health information for research.
12/13/2017: requires HHS establishment of a "Working Group on Protected Health Information for Research" to study and, within 1 year of establishment, report on whether the uses and disclosures of protected health information for research purposes should be modified.
12/13/2017: requires submission of a report to the HHS Secretary

FasterCures will periodically assess this item as appropriate.

20161213 12/13/2016 CDC, Data Sharing, FDA, Guidances, HHS, NIH, Regulatory Affairs, Reports, Research
fa fa-2x fa-long-arrow-right Sec. 3041. Antimicrobial resistance monitoring. 12/13/2017, and annually thereafter: requires FDA and CDC to issue reports addressing national trends in antimicrobial use and resistance to those drugs.

FasterCures will periodically assess this item as appropriate.

20161213 12/13/2016 CDC, FDA, HHS, Infectious Disease, Reports
fa fa-2x fa-binoculars Sec. 3091. Predictable review timelines of vaccines by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Provides predictable review timelines of vaccines by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

For more information on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. FasterCures will periodically assess this item as appropriate.

20161213 12/13/2016 CDC, Infectious Disease, Vaccines
fa fa-2x fa-long-arrow-right Sec. 3092. Review of processes and consistency of Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations. 6/13/2018: requires CDC submission to Congress of a report on decision-making processes used by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and opportunities for improvement.

FasterCures will periodically assess this item as appropriate.

20161213 12/13/2016 CDC, Infectious Disease, Reports
fa fa-2x fa-long-arrow-right Sec. 3093. Encouraging vaccine innovation. 12/13/2017: requires HHS to submit a report to Congress on promoting innovation in infectious disease vaccine development.

The National Vaccine Advisory Committee 2017 meeting on June 6 and June 7 with include an update on the the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services' report on vaccine innovation required by this section and other themes related to encouraging vaccine innovation. Information on the final meeting agenda will be posted prior to the meeting on the NVAC website.

20170417 04/17/2017 BARDA, CDC, FDA, HHS, Infectious Disease, NIH, Reports, Vaccines

 

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