Published: 27/06/2002, Volume II2, No. 5811 Page 8

Proposals to establish a new national agency for infection control and health protection have been outlined in a consultation paper published by the Department of Health and the Wales Office last week.

The agency was a key recommendation of the chief medical officer's infectious disease strategy published in January, and would bring together functions currently held by the Public Health Laboratory Service, the National Radiological Protection Board, the Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research, and the National Focus for Chemical Incidents.Responses to the consultation are invited by 16 September, and the aim is to have the agency established by April 2003.

www. doh. gov. uk/consultations/live. htm