HHS Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated to the Public. h. Urgent Public Health and Safety Information

10/01/2002

Several HHS agencies are responsible for dissemination of authoritative health, medical and safety information on a real time basis in order to protect the health of the public against urgent and emerging threats. Accordingly, nothing in these guidelines relating to reproducibility or peer review shall be construed to limit or delay the timely flow of vital information from agencies to medical providers, patients, health agencies, and the public. HHS reserves the right to waive information quality standards temporarily for agencies addressing urgent situations (e.g., imminent threats to public health or homeland security) in accordance with the latitude described in both the OMB and agency specific guidelines.