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CDC Solicits Comments on Proposed Centers of Excellence for Personal Protective Tech

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking public input on the need to form centers of excellence to address research and practice gaps in the field of personal protective technology (PPT). 

CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is seeking comments on three focus areas that future centers of excellence could help address, including research and development of new technologies and approaches to PPT and ergonomic measures to assess the factors that influence the adoption of PPT, according to a request for information published Tuesday on Federal Register.

NIOSH is asking interested stakeholders to respond to a set of questions, including the benefits of establishing centers of excellence to advance PPT research and practice and specific PPT research and practice needs for certain industry sectors and occupations, various types of hazards and certain anatomical categories of protection.

The institute also wants information on emerging technologies that could be investigated with regard to improving the effectiveness of PPT and specific research domains, technical expertise or academic disciplines that could help address PPT research and practice needs.

Responses to the RFI are due Jan. 31st.