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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

About the Division of Medical Countermeasures Strategy and Requirements

The Division of Medical Countermeasure Strategy & Requirements (MCSR) manages the end-to-end coordination of federal programs and policies in support of the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE), led by the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and supported by many agencies throughout HHS, as well as DoD, DHS, the VA, and USDA.  In this role, MCSR organizes and serves as a valuable part of the membership of the overall PHEMCE Governance Structure.  MCSR also leads the civilian medical countermeasure requirements process, which recommends the medical countermeasures required to mitigate the potential public health consequences of high-priority threats and determines stockpiling goals by assessing  what will be needed (the needs-based quantity) and what can be effectively utilized in an emergency (the operational quantity).  This process facilitates the alignment of early research; advanced research and development; acquisition and stockpiling; and downstream response integration.
MCSR directs a number of strategic planning initiatives that enable the federal government to manage medical countermeasures resources more effectively.  MCSR leads the development of the annual PHEMCE Strategy and Implementation Plan (SIP), which prioritizes HHS and interagency collaborative efforts to increase national health security through ensuring the availability of critical medical countermeasures in an emergency.    MCSR co-leads, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of the Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS), the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Annual Review. The SNS Annual Review is the process by which the PHEMCE recommends the most risk-balanced and sustainable portfolio of holdings for the SNS. The SNS Annual Review process supports more effective decision making and resource allocation for maintaining this critical stockpile.  The PHEMCE SIP and SNS Annual Review are mandated by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act.  MCSR also leads medical countermeasure policy development and strategic direction for the National Health Security Strategy

MCSR also provides leadership for the ASPR Office of Policy and Planning for project management, economic evaluation, and human resource management.

  • This page last reviewed: September 24, 2014