The National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) was created under the authority of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, signed into law on December 19, 2006.
The NBSB was established to provide expert advice and guidance to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on scientific, technical, and other matters of special interest to HHS regarding activities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to adverse health effects of public health emergencies resulting from chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological events, whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate.
On March 4, 2008, the charter of the NBSB was amended to allow the NBSB to provide advice and guidance to the Secretary on other matters related to public health emergency preparedness and response.
By statute, the NBSB has 13 voting members with a broad range of expertise in science, medicine, and public health. Additionally, there are non-voting ex officio members, as deemed appropriate by the Secretary.
2012 National Biodefense Science Board Charter (PDF)
National Biodefense Science Board Roster (PDF)
Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (2006)
Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013
National Biodefense Science Board, Federal Register Notice, June 20, 2007 (PDF)
National Biodefense Science Board, Federal Register Notice, July 31, 2009 (PDF)