The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a draft of its National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention, and Management of Infertility, and will be soliciting public comments until June 15, 2012.
The CDC describes the purpose of the plan as follows:
Addressing both male and female infertility, the plan outlines and summarizes actions needed to promote, preserve, and restore the ability of women in the United States to conceive, carry a pregnancy to term, and deliver a healthy infant. This goal extends beyond simply addressing the inability to conceive but also focuses on reducing the burden of impaired fecundity by promoting behaviors that maintain fertility; by promoting prevention, early detection, and treatment of medical conditions; and by reducing environmental and occupational threats to fertility. Given the public health focus of this action plan, promoting healthy pregnancy outcomes associated with treating and managing infertility is also important, as is improving the efficacy and safety of infertility treatment.
My hopes to comment on the draft plan and will share any useful comments that colleagues will be making. In the meantime you can read the draft and submit your comments to the agency.
To comment, first go to regulations.gov and do a search for CDC-2012-0004. The first result should be the Plan – just click on Submit Comment and complete the form. Note that you do not have to enter your name with your comment, and if you do it will appear on the site.