There are different products and services provided by the Center for Disease Control. Some of the services include emergency response and global disease detection. By providing this service, the Center for Disease Control ensures, the global community and the Americans are protected from some of the public health threats. The other service is the provision of public health relief to most humanitarian agencies globally. The organization detects and contains health threats that are emerging (Etheridge, 1992). It builds capacity by ensuring technical assistance is provided in order to support the international health regulations. They also promote policies for bio-security and public health. They improve the health of populations that have been affected by some of the complex humanitarian emergencies.
CDC also plays a role in addressing the different public health threats. These may be caused through accidental, natural, or intentional means. The organization’s preparation to respond to, prevent, and recover from some of the events helps save lives, and it provides health security for the public. Its unique abilities in responding to occupational, infectious and environmental outbreaks describes the organization’s role in ensuring local public health systems, and states are prepared to respond to the different health threats. Their role in addressing public health emergencies begins at a local level. The organization prepares the state and local public health department by providing technical assistance, and funding to strengthen their abilities in responding to the different types of emergencies and building resilient communities. Incase state and local resources are overwhelmed, the organization supports local partners and national states in an attempt to reduce suffering and save lives (Etheridge, 1992).
Some of the products provided by the organization include drugs and biologics. This is because drugs and biologics are essential in the provision of public health surveillance and they help in meeting some of the medical needs. They also provide immunization services in an attempt to prevent disability, diseases, and death. The organization has a Vaccine Supply and Assurance branch that is responsible for the provision of vaccines (Etheridge, 1992).
The Center for Disease Control is an organization that is recognized globally. This is because of its investigations and research and its action oriented approach. Therefore, their primary clients are the people in the world because they attempt use research to improve the lives of people and respond to some of the health emergencies (Etheridge, 1992). This factor differentiates the organization from other peer agencies. The organization also serves states and works with other partners by providing systems of health surveillance in order to prevent disease outbreaks, which include bioterrorism (Etheridge, 1992). They serve states by implementing disease prevention strategies and maintain national health statistics. They also serve states by guarding them against international disease transmissions. This is with the help of their personnel who are stationed in over 25 foreign countries, in the world. They also serve humanitarian agencies in various parts of the world (Etheridge, 1992).
Some of the regulations and accreditation requirements that affect the organization are as follows.
Title 21-Food and drugs
Chapter 1-Food and drugs Administration
Department of Health and Human Services
Subchapter H-Medical Devices
Subpart B- Requirements for medical devices
Section 800.20-surgeons’ gloves and patient examination gloves, test methods for leakage, adulteration and sample plans.
b) General test methods
i) Units examined
ii) Identification of defects
iii) Factors for counting defects
c) Sampling, inspection, acceptance and adulteration
i) Sample plans
ii) Sample sizes, inspection levels and minimum AQL’s
iii) Adulteration levels and accept/ reject criteria
i) Detention and seizure
iii) Modified sampling, inspection and acceptance
- Etheridge, E. W. (1992). Sentinel for health: A history of the Centers for Disease Control. Berkeley: University of California Press.