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INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND 24 method and content and no ''national bureau of standards" to set standards for methods of guidelines development or their content. The legislation creating AHCPR is one response to some of these problems. Figure 1-1 Organization chart for the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. SOURCE: Office of the Forum for Quality and Effectiveness in Health Care. SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES OF AHCPR The legislative mandate for AHCPR and its Forum sets forth several specific responsibilities; it also identifies priorities and establishes certain procedural requirements. In planning to implement this mandate, the Forum has consulted with a broad array of interested individuals and organizations. The IOM committee is itself part of this consultation process. Other efforts include presentations, meetings, and mailings to medical societies, health care organizations, and other individuals and groups. The following discussion notes the main elements of the legislative mandate and describes the agency's initial steps to fulfill its responsibilities. Figure 1-1 is an organization chart for the agency.