Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices [ACIP] Law and Legal Definition

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices [ACIP] is a panel of ten experts who make recommendations on the use of vaccines in the U.S. The main objective of ACIP is to provide advice to government agencies for decreasing the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases and to increase the safe usage of vaccines and related biological products in the U.S. Advises on current issues are given to ACIP by Representatives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medi¬cal Association, and other organizations. The recommendations of the ACIP guide immunization are applied at the federal, state, and local levels. ACIP statements are treated as official federal recommendations and are published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Along with vaccination schedules regarding appropriate periodicity, dosage, and contraindications, ACIP also develops written recommendations for routine administration of vaccines to the pediatric and adult populations.