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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NBSB Overview, Governance and Authorities

The National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) is a federal advisory committee that provides advice and guidance to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and to the HHS Secretary on preventing, preparing for, and responding to adverse health effects of emergencies and disasters.

The NBSB was created and given authorities under the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006 and chartered in 2007. The Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 (PAHPRA) amended the board’s authorities by broadening membership to include a representative with pediatric expertise and a state, tribal, territorial, or local public health official. It also expanded the board’s duties to consist of providing specified information to appropriate committees of Congress. These changes, as well as the board’s  name change, are reflected in the current charter.

The NBSB comprises 13 voting members with a broad range of expertise in science, medicine, and public health and nearly 20 ex officio members from agencies across the federal government with a vested interest subject matter expertise important to the work of the board.


Legislative Authority

Federal Register Notices

Introduction to NBSB

YouTube Video: Prabhavathi Fernandes, Ph.D.,Chairperson of the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB)

National Biodefense Science Board

For further questions or comments on the National Biodefense Science Board, please contact us via the National Biodefense Science Board Contact Form.

  • This page last reviewed: October 22, 2019