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Textile/Apparel Request from the Department of Commerce

Textile and Apparel Supply Chain Stakeholders:

The Department of Commerce would be most appreciative of any industry input and recommendations on textile-related PPE, mask, gown and other medical textile supply chains for the report it has been ordered to prepare on the public health industrial base. As a reminder, comments are due by December 23.


Section 6(b) of Executive Order 13944, Combating Public Health Emergencies and Strengthening National Security by Ensuring Essential Medicines, Medical Countermeasures, and Critical Inputs Are Made in the United States, tasks the Department of Commerce to write a report describing any change in the status of the Public Health Industrial Base (PHIB) and recommending initiatives to strengthen it.

DOC’s Office of the Secretary has given the pen to the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) to write the report and BIS published a notice in the Federal Register this morning soliciting public comments in support of this work. Comments are due by December 23, 2020.

REQUEST: Please forward this FRN to your members and alert them to the opportunity to advise U.S. policymakers on this important subject matter.

EO 13944’s definition of medical countermeasures includes PPE. Moreover, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a list of Drug and Biologic Essential Medicines, Medical Countermeasures, and Critical Inputs for the List Described in Section 3(c) of the Executive Order 13944 on October 30. Items covered by the FDA list include a wide range of PPE and other textile-related medical inputs. 

Please note the FRN seeks comments on a wide variety of policy topics including, but not limited to:

  • Industry vulnerabilities
  • Competitiveness challenges/concerns
  • Challenges to recapitalizing/reequipping the industry
  • Challenges to innovating productivity boosting technologies, including automated assembly equipment
  • Procurement policy
  • Workforce challenges
  • Cyber threats

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