Statement Regarding the Institute of Medicine’s
Vaccine Safety Research, Data Access, and Public
February 17, 2005
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) appreciates the effort and thought which
went into the Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee’s
Safety Research, Data Access, and Public Trust”
report released on February 17, 2005. The report
will enhance CDC’s deliberations concerning
the important areas of vaccine safety research,
data access and public trust.
shares with the IOM committee a strong commitment
to the overarching principles which guided
the committee’s deliberations on how
CDC should share vaccine safety data and whether,
when, and how CDC should release preliminary
findings from vaccine safety investigations.
principles, namely independence and transparency
in all procedures used, fairness for all participants,
and protection of confidentiality of individually
identifiable medical information will continue
to guide CDC as it carries out its detailed
review of the report’s 28 recommendations
and assesses them for possible implementation.
places a high priority on vaccine safety and
the integrity and credibility of its vaccine
safety research and data sharing programs.
CDC is grateful to the individual scientists
on the IOM Committee and IOM staff members
for their dedicated and valuable service.