FAQ: 21st Century Cures Tracker

Where does the information for our updates come from?

FasterCures updates the tracker based on publicly available information and outreach to government stakeholders.

How often will the tracker be updated?

Many of the deadlines in the legislation are months, if not years, apart. FasterCures will do our best to provide any and all updates to provisions in a timely manner. On average we have updates to some provisions going up on a monthly basis.

Are all the provisions being tracked?

No. All provisions from Division A of the law are posted on the tracker. The tracker notes which provisions have been completed already and which we are not tracking at this time.

What should I do if I see something that should be updated?

Reach out! While we do our best to have the most up-to-date, publicly available information in the tracker, it is a living document. Please contact us at 21CCTracker@fastercures.org

Why is FasterCures concerned about the implementation of this specific piece of legislation?

21st Century Cures was landmark, bi-partisan legislation that touches on all aspects of the biomedical R&D system. FasterCures worked closely with Congress, federal agencies and the advocacy community throughout the legislation's journey to the president's desk.

Is the tracker meant to be a pass/fail grade on the federal agencies responsible for the provisions?

No. Many factors outside the control of any single agency 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.

What do the different columns mean?

  • Status
    • Complete = FasterCures has determined that this provision has been implemented, or all milestones have been met, and we are no longer tracking it
    • In progress = There are upcoming milestones that need to be met
    • Monitoring = There are no specific milestones to track, but FasterCures will periodically assess progress because the provision is aligned with FasterCures' focus areas
    • Delayed = At least 1 provision appears to be past due
    • Not tracking = There are no quantifiable metrics to track
  • Title: Title of the provision from the 21st Century Cures Act
  • Subtitle: Subtitle of the provision from the 21st Century Cures Act
  • Section: Section number and name of the provision from the 21st Century Cures Act
  • Tracked Deadlines and Requirements: FasterCures' assessment of the metrics to track for that provision
  • Update: Latest information FasterCures has gathered about that provision
  • Date of Update: Date that FasterCures most recently updated information about that provision. (Note: This is not necessarily the date that the federal agency took action.)
  • Tags: Key words relevant to the provision, including agencies involved, disease area, subject and types of output

What has FasterCures said about 21st Century Cures?