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FORMATION OF THE COMMITTEE In response to the requests of the participants of the June 1982 meeting, Institute president Frederick C. Robbins arranged for the apppointment of a 24-member committee. The committee was established January 1, 1983, and was charged with the development in the ensuing Six months of a plan for a private/public entity in the assessment of technology related to medical care. The committee'" charge included defining the mission of the new entity, identifying the composition of its governing body, outlining possible short-term and long-term role" of the Institute of Medicine in the effort, formulating a budget, and suggesting mechanisms for support of the continuing ef fort . In developing the plan the committee specifically was to examine these issues: o the possible roles of the proposed organization in gathering and disseminating information on technology assessment, recommending priorities for assessment, and synthesizing the results of studies whether this new organization should support specific assessments and methodologic studies or should confine its activities to synthesis of the work of others o whether existing technologies as well as new ones would be considered 0 whether the scope of concern would include appropriate use of technologies as well as safety and efficacy a the structure and governance of a proposed new organization o sources of support for the entity. As broadly representative as the committee was, the breadth of the community of interests in this undertaking seemed to call for even greater representation. Thus, two panels auxiliary to the committee were created and their members invited to each committee meeting (Appendix 2 and 3~. A Public Sector Liais on Pane 1 had members f ram appropriate government agencies and the legis lative branch ; a Private Sector Liaison Panel had members from the medical profession, hospital and health technology industry, professional societies, insurers, academic health institutions, and the engineering profession. 9
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Members of the liaison panels also joined members of the committee in work on various subcommittees responsible for structuring major aspects of a new entity in tedbnologic assessment (Appendix 4~. 10