Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information. Final Privacy Rule Preamble.. Public health authority.

12/28/2000

The proposed rule would have defined "public health authority" as "an agency or authority of the United States, a state, a territory, or an Indian tribe that is responsible for public health matters as part of its official mandate."

The final rule changes this definition slightly to clarify that a "public health authority" also includes a person or entity acting under a grant of authority from or contract with a public health agency. Therefore, the final rule defines this term as an agency or authority of the United States, a state, a territory, a political subdivision of a state or territory, or an Indian tribe, or a person or entity acting under a grant of authority from or contract with such public agency, including the employees or agents of such public agency or its contractors or persons or entities to whom it has granted authority, that is responsible for public health matters as part of its official mandate.