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Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) performs an essential public health task by making sure that safe and effective drugs are available to improve the health of people in the United States. As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CDER regulates over-the-counter and prescription drugs, including biological therapeutics and generic drugs. This work covers medicines and other drugs, including fluoride toothpaste, antiperspirants, dandruff shampoos and sunscreens.

Review Date: June 28, 2011

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FDA Office of Women’s Health

The Food and Drug Administration Office of Women’s Health (OWH) was established by Congressional mandate in 1994. The mission of the office is to protect and advance the health of women through policy, science, and outreach and to advocate for the participation of women in clinical trials and for sex, gender, and subpopulation analyses. OWH achieves its mission by supporting scientific research and collaborating with other government agencies and national organizations to sponsor scientific and consumer outreach efforts.

Review Date: August 25, 2011

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - NHTSA
U.S. Department of Transportation

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was established in 1966. Its highest priority is to reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes, improve highway safety by promoting both safer vehicles and safer driving practices, sets and enforces Federal safety standards for all new motor vehicles, investigates alleged safety defects and orders recalls where necessary, and conducts extensive research on improving vehicle safety. The NHTSA provides financial and technical assistance to State and local governments, awards grants to states for highway safety and to help combat drunk driving, works closely with private organizations to promote a broad range of driver and traffic safety programs, including programs to combat drunk driving, encourages use of safety belts and child safety seats, improve emergency medical services, driver licensing, traffic recordkeeping and traffic law enforcement, investigates odometer fraud, sets bumper, fuel economy and vehicle theft standards and develops crashworthiness of new cars. The NHTSA maintains a toll-free hotline for consumer complaints on auto safety, reporting alleged defects, requests for auto safety recall information, and consumer publications on traffic and highway safety.

Review Date: December 09, 2010

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National Injury Information Clearinghouse, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Sponsored by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the clearinghouse disseminates statistics and information relating to the prevention of death and injury associated with consumer products. The Clearinghouse provides injury data from electronic data sources and distributes publications including hazard analyses, special studies, and data summaries. Each year the Clearinghouse responds to 6,000 requests for information from the American public. Information specialists search agency data bases to tailor responses to each customer's needs.

Review Date: September 11, 2011

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent federal regulatory agency that was created in 1972 by Congress in the Consumer Product Safety Act. CPSC has jurisdiction over about 15,000 types of consumer products, from automatic-drip coffee makers to toys to lawn mowers. Some types of products, however, are covered by other federal agencies. For example, cars, trucks and motorcycles are covered by the Department of Transportation; drugs and cosmetics are covered by the Food and Drug Administration; alcohol, tobacco and firearms are covered by the Department of the Treasury. CPSC works to reduce the risk of injuries and deaths from consumer products by: developing voluntary standards with industry; issuing and enforcing mandatory standards: banning consumer products if no feasible standard would adequately protect the public; obtaining the recall of products or arranging for their repair; conducting research on potential product hazards; informing and educating consumers through the media, state and local governments, private organizations, and by responding to consumer inquiries.

Review Date: February 20, 2009

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Consumers Union

Consumers Union (CU) is independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace and to empower consumers as they buy products and services. CU is comprehensive source for unbiased advice about products and services, personal finance, health and nutrition, and other consumer concerns. CU operates three Advocacy offices--in Washington, D.C., Austin, Texas, and San Francisco--that work on consumers' behalf on such issues as health care, food safety, financial services, and product safety. They testify before Federal and state legislative and regulatory bodies, petition government agencies, and file lawsuits on behalf of consumers. The Consumer Policy Institute, at CU's Yonkers, N.Y., headquarters, conducts research and education projects on issues of importance to consumers such as biotechnology, food safety and labeling, recycling, and sustainable consumption.

Review Date: May 10, 2011

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Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths, injuries, and property damage that result from crashes on the nation's roads. The IIHS’s research focuses on three main areas: human factors, or preventing crashes by changing driver behavior; vehicle factors, or reducing deaths and injuries by improving vehicle design; and environmental factors, or changing roadway design, signs, and signals to reduce crashes. The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) shares and supports this mission through scientific studies of insurance data representing the human and economic losses resulting from the ownership and operation of different types of vehicles and by publishing insurance loss results by vehicle make and model.

Review Date: January 19, 2012

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National Consumers League

The National Consumers League (NCL) is America’s oldest consumer organization, representing consumers and workers on marketplace and workplace issues since our founding in 1899. NCL provides government, businesses, and other organizations with the consumer’s perspective on concerns including child labor, privacy, food safety, and medication information. NCL is home to the LifeSmarts program, Child Labor Coalition, NCL’s Fraud Center, and SOS Rx Coalition. NCL is a private 501(c)(3) membership organization.

Review Date: June 26, 2008

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National Pediculosis Association, Inc.

The National Pediculosis Association (NPA) is the only non-profit health and education agency dedicated to protecting children from the misuse and abuse of potentially harmful lice and scabies pesticidal treatments. As part of its mission, the NPA works to encourage our nation's health and child care professionals to adopt standardized head lice management programs http://www.headlice.org/downloads/nonitpolicy.htm to keep children in school lice and nit free. Communities that promote head lice prevention programs demonstrate a commitment to health and wellness. Founded in 1983, the National Pediculosis Association®, Inc. (NPA) is a 501 c 3 non-profit volunteer organization including scientific advisors dedicated to protecting children and their environment from the misuse and abuse of over-the-counter chemical treatments for lice and prescription pediculicides. Proceeds from the LiceMeister® comb allow the NPA to be self-sustaining and accomplish its mission.

Review Date: December 22, 2010

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Poison Prevention Week Council

The National Poison Prevention Week Council includes 33 members representing national organizations and federal agencies with an interest in and commitment to programs aimed at preventing unintentional poisonings. The council coordinates the National Poison Prevention Week during the third week in March each year to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. In honor of this awareness week, the council conducts a nationwide poster contest to engage the community in helping to ensure the safety of children and adults.

Review Date: August 26, 2011

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