7 U.S. Code § 8308a - National animal health laboratory network

(a) Definition of eligible laboratory
In this section, the term “eligible laboratory” means a diagnostic laboratory that meets specific criteria developed by the Secretary, in consultation with State animal health officials, State veterinary diagnostic laboratories, and veterinary diagnostic laboratories at institutions of higher education (as defined in section 1001 of title 20).
(b) In general
The Secretary, in consultation with State veterinarians, shall offer to enter into contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, or other legal instruments with eligible laboratories for any of the following purposes:
(1) To enhance the capability of the Secretary to respond in a timely manner to emerging or existing bioterrorist threats to animal health.
(2) To provide the capacity and capability for standardized—
(A) test procedures, reference materials, and equipment;
(B) laboratory biosafety and biosecurity levels;
(C) quality management system requirements;
(D) interconnected electronic reporting and transmission of data; and
(E) evaluation for emergency preparedness.
(3) To coordinate the development, implementation, and enhancement of national veterinary diagnostic laboratory capabilities, with special emphasis on surveillance planning and vulnerability analysis, technology development and validation, training, and outreach.
(c) Priority
To the extent practicable and to the extent capacity and specialized expertise may be necessary, the Secretary shall give priority to existing Federal facilities, State facilities, and facilities at institutions of higher education.
(d) Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $15,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018.

Source

(Pub. L. 107–171, title X, § 10409A, as added Pub. L. 113–79, title XII, § 12105,Feb. 7, 2014, 128 Stat. 980.)

 

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