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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise Branch

The Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE) was established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in 2006 to coordinate federal efforts to respond to Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) threats; and Pandemic Influenza (PI) and Emerging Infectious Disease (EID). The PHEMCE’s mission is to advance national civilian preparedness for CBRN, PI, and EID threats by coordinating medical countermeasure-related activities within HHS and in cooperation with PHEMCE partners.

The PHEMCE is led by the ASPR and includes three primary HHS internal agency partners: CDC, FDA, and NIH, as well as several interagency partners: DHS, DoD, the VA, and USDA. Together, PHEMCE organizations and agencies work to optimize the Nation’s preparedness for large-scale public health emergencies with respect to the development, acquisition, stockpiling, and effective use of medical countermeasures.

On behalf of the ASPR, the PHEMCE Branch leads PHEMCE partners in developing the annual PHEMCE Strategy and Implementation Plan (SIP) and the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Annual Review. The PHEMCE SIP provides the blueprint for the PHEMCE to enhance national health security through the development, procurement, and planning for effective use of medical countermeasures.  The PHEMCE Branch leads the management and tracking of implementation progress of agency-wide activities called for in the annual PHEMCE SIP. The SNS Annual Review provides policy guidance to the SNS for budget formulation and procurement of medical countermeasures. The PHEMCE Branch also leads the PHEMCE partners in evaluating our overall preparedness to develop, make, procure, plan for, and use medical countermeasures. 

The PHEMCE Branch is a critical part of the team that manages the PHEMCE’s activities on behalf of the ASPR and the MCSR Director. It provides management and coordination of several PHEMCE governance bodies, including the Enterprise Senior Council and the Enterprise Executive Committee. 

  • This page last reviewed: February 03, 2017