Public Health Service Act Law and Legal Definition

The Public Health Service Act of 1944 consolidated and revised almost all legislations relating to public health services. The Act outlines a policy framework for federal state cooperation in public health. The Act provides:

1. for the licensing of biological products; and

2. for suspending licenses in cases of danger to public health.

The Act was subject to amendments by:

1. Family Planning Services and Population Research Act of 1970;

2. National Cancer Act of 1971;

3. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996;

4. Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance Research and Education Amendments of 2001;

5. Hematological Cancer Research Investment and Education Act of 2001; and

6. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.