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H.R. 28 (115th): Biological Implant Tracking and Veteran Safety Act of 2017

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 28 requires the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to: implement a standard identification protocol for biological implants that is consistent with FDA’s Unique Identification System and report to Congress in the event that such a system is not operational within 180 days of enactment; and procure biological implants only through competitive procurement processes from vendors who maintain a 10 year record retention policy and who procure their human tissue from properly accredited sources.

Scientific innovation and advanced technology has provided the opportunity for the VA to turn increasingly to biological implants for prosthetic limbs and other healing enhancements. According to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, there remains “significant risk to veteran health and safety involving possibly contaminated products and the inability of VA to ...

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David “Phil” Roe

Sponsor. Representative for Tennessee's 1st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2017
Length: 13 pages
Jan 3, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on January 3, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.



Jan 3, 2017

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Jan 3, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

H.R. 28 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 28. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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