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Title of Collaborative Activity:

HHS Blood, Organ, and Tissue Senior Executive Council (BOTSEC)

Description of Collaborative Activity:

The mission of the HHS Blood, Organ, and Tissue Senior Executive Council (BOTSEC) is to serve as the Department's internal executive leadership coordination mechanism across all the staff and operating divisions involved in blood, organ, and tissue safety and blood product availability. The BOTSEC is chaired by the Assistant Secretary for Health and voting members are the senior-most heads of the relevant Staff divisions and Operating divisions of HHS (e.g., the Director of CDC and NIH, Administrator of CMS, and Commissioner of FDA). The BOTSEC is an internal council chartered to consider significant issues and make decisions that require cross-Agency input, including resources. In important aspect of the BOTSEC is the formation of HHS-wide (i.e., multi-Agency) working groups to explore significant public health items such as re-examining the lifetime blood donor deferral policy for MSM, and the creation of hemovigilance systems to collect and analyze data on adverse events that occur during the blood donation and utilization processes. The internal committee is also responsible for looking at providing timely recommendations on emerging issues that are taking place. It also provides decisional elements on proposed policies, public health threats, and issues related to blood, organ, and tissue safety and availability. The staff of the Public Health Service (PHS) operating divisions involved in blood, organ and tissues safety (BOTS) meet monthly by a teleconference call.

Type of Collaborative Activity:

Committee, Advisory Group, or Work Group

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