ACIP Charter

Last Updated April 1, 2024

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Authority, Objective, and Description


The ACIP was established under Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. §2l7a), as amended. The Committee is governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law 92-463 (5 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq.), as amended.

The ACIP has been given statutory roles under subsections 1928(c)(2)(B)(i) and 1928(e) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. § 1396s(c)(2)(B)(i) and 1396s(e)) and subsection 2713(a)(2) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. § 300gg-13(a)(2)).

Objective and Scope of Activities

The Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and by delegation the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are authorized under Section 311 and Section 317 of the Public Health Service Act, [42 U.S.C. §243 and 42 U.S.C. §247b], as amended, to assist states and their political subdivisions in the prevention and control of communicable diseases; to advise the states on matters relating to the preservation and improvement of the public’s health; and to make grants to states and, in consultation with the state health authorities, to agencies and political subdivisions of states to assist in meeting the costs of communicable disease control programs.

The ACIP shall provide advice and guidance to the Director of the CDC regarding use of vaccines and related agents for effective control of vaccine-preventable diseases in the civilian population of the United States. Recommendations made by the ACIP are reviewed by the CDC Director, and if adopted, are published as official CDC/HHS recommendations in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The CDC Director informs the Secretary, HHS, and the Assistant Secretary for Health, of immunization recommendations. Upon the licensure of any vaccine or any new indication for a vaccine, the Committee shall, as appropriate, consider the use of the vaccine at its next regularly scheduled meeting. If the Committee does not make a recommendation at the  Committee’s first regularly scheduled meeting, the Committee shall provide an update on the status of such for the Committee’s review.

Description of Duties

The Committee shall provide advice for the control of diseases for which a vaccine is licensed in the U.S. The guidance will address use of vaccines and may include recommendations for administration of immune globulin preparations and/or antimicrobial therapy shown to be effective in controlling a disease for which a vaccine is available. Guidance for use of unlicensed vaccines may be developed if circumstances warrant. For each vaccine, the Committee advises on population groups and/or circumstances in which a vaccine or related agent is recommended. The Committee also provides recommendations on contraindications and precautions for use of the vaccine and related agents and provides information on recognized adverse events. The Committee also may provide recommendations that address the general use of vaccines and immune globulin preparations as a class of biologic agents, use of specific antibody products for prevention of infectious diseases, and special situations or populations that may warrant modification of the routine recommendations.

Committee deliberations on use of vaccines to control disease in the U.S. shall include consideration of disease epidemiology and burden of disease, vaccine safety, vaccine efficacy and effectiveness, the quality of evidence reviewed, economic analyses, and implementation issues. The Committee may revise or withdraw their recommendation(s) regarding a particular vaccine as new information on disease epidemiology, vaccine effectiveness or safety, economic considerations, or other data become available.

In accordance with Section 1928 of the Social Security Act, the ACIP also shall establish and periodically review and, as appropriate, revise the list of vaccines for administration to children and adolescents eligible to receive vaccines through the Vaccines for Children Program, along with schedules regarding the appropriate dose and dosing interval, and contraindications to administration of the pediatric vaccines. The Secretary, and as delegated the CDC Director, shall use the list established by the ACIP for the purpose of the purchase, delivery, and administration of pediatric vaccines in the Vaccines for Children Program.

Further, under provisions of the Affordable Care Act (Section 2713 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended), immunization recommendations of the Committee that have been adopted by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must be covered by applicable health plans.

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Agency, Support, Cost, and Federal Officer

Agency or Official to Whom the Committee Reports

The Committee reports to the Director, CDC. The CDC Director informs the Secretary, HHS and the Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS, of immunization recommendations.


Management and support services shall be provided by the Office of the Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC.

Estimated Annual Operating Costs and Staff Years

Estimated annual cost for operating the Committee, including compensation and travel expenses for members, but excluding staff support, is $409,922. Estimate of annual person-years of staff support required is 9.40, at an estimated annual cost of $1,760,637.

Designated Federal Officer

CDC will select a full-time or permanent part-time Federal employee to serve as the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) to attend each committee meeting and ensure that all procedures are within applicable statutory, regulatory, and HHS General Administration Manual directives. The DFO will approve and prepare all meeting policies and agendas, call all of the committee and subcommittee meetings, adjourn any meeting when the DFO deems adjournment to be in the public interest, and chair meetings when directed to do so by the official to whom the committee reports. The DFO or his/her designee shall be present at all meetings of the full committee and subcommittees. In the event that the DFO cannot fulfill the assigned duties of the Committee, one or more full-time or permanent part-time employees will be assigned as DFO and carry out these duties on a temporary basis.

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Meetings, Duration, and Termination

Estimated Number and Frequency of Meetings

Meetings shall be held approximately three times per year at the call of the DFO, in consultation with the Chair.

Meetings shall be open to the public except as determined otherwise by the Director, CDC, or other official, to whom the authority has been delegated, in accordance with the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. § 552b(c)) and Section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act ((5 U.S.C. § 1009(d)). Notice of all meetings shall be given to the public.




Unless renewed by appropriate action, the ACIP will terminate two years from the date this charter is filed.
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Membership, Subcommittees, and Recordkeeping

Membership and Designation

The Committee shall consist of up to 19 Special Government Employees, including the Chair. Members shall be selected from authorities who are knowledgeable in the fields of immunization practices and public health, have expertise in the use of vaccines and other immunobiologic agents in clinical practice or preventive medicine, have expertise with clinical or laboratory vaccine research, or have expertise in assessment of vaccine efficacy and safety. The Committee shall include a person or persons knowledgeable about consumer perspectives and/or social and community aspects of immunization programs. Members shall be deemed Special Government Employees.

The Committee also shall consist of six non-voting ex-officio members from the Health Resources and Services Administration; the Food and Drug Administration; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; National Institutes of Health; Indian Health Service; and the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy, HHS; or their designees.

If fewer than a quorum of ACIP members are eligible to vote due to absence or a financial or other conflict of interest, the DFO, or designee, shall have the authority to temporarily designate the ex-officio members as voting members.

There also shall be non-voting liaison representatives from the American Academy of Family Physicians; American Academy of Pediatrics; American Academy of Physician Associates; American College Health Association; American College of Nurse Midwives; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; American College of Physicians; American Geriatrics Society; America’s Health Insurance Plans; American Immunization Registry Association; American Medical Association; American Nurses Association; American Osteopathic Association; American Pharmacists Association; Association of Immunization Managers; Association for Prevention Teaching and Research; Association of State and Territorial Health Officials; Biotechnology Innovation Organization; Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists; Canadian National Advisory Committee on Immunization; Infectious Diseases Society of America; International Society of Travel Medicine; National Association of County and City Health Officials; National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners; National Foundation for Infectious Diseases; National Medical Association; Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society; Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America; Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine; Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and such other non-voting liaison representatives as the Secretary deems necessary to effectively carry out the functions of the Committee. Liaisons shall be deemed representatives.

Members, including the Chair, shall be selected by the Secretary and shall be invited to serve for overlapping terms of up to four years, except that any member appointed to fill a vacancy for an unexpired term shall be appointed for the remainder of that term. A member may serve 180 days after the expiration of that member’s term if a successor has not taken office.


Subcommittees composed, in part, of members of the parent committee and other subject matter experts may be established with the approval of the Secretary, HHS, or his/her designee. The subcommittees must report back to the parent committee and do not provide advice or work
products directly to the agency. The Department Committee Management Officer will be notified upon establishment of each subcommittee and will be provided information on its name, membership, function, and estimated frequency of meetings.


The records of the committee, established subcommittees, or other subgroups of the committee, shall be managed in accordance with General Records Schedule 6.2, Federal Advisory Committee Records, or other approved agency records disposition schedule. These records shall be available for public inspection and copying, subject to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. §552.

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