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Petition: Stop the HHS-IOM contract

Saturday 8 March 2014


From Community Petitions:



Stop the HHS-IOM contract and accept the CCC definition of M.E.

Created by:
Patricia C., United States of America

To be delivered to:
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, United States of America

The Petition:

"We, the undersigned people suffering from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, along with our families, carers and friends hereby ask Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to cancel the contract HHS signed with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to develop “clinical diagnostic criteria” for ME/CFS. We further urge Secretary Sebelius to respect the consensus reached by a group of experts and adopt the Canadian Consensus Criteria (CCC) as the research and clinical case definition for ME/CFS."

Why this is important:

Millions of people worldwide suffer from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.). For decades, sufferers have been left with no real biomedical research and no effective treatments. Now the HHS is attempting to prolong this time by contracting with the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to redefine the illness. This is unnecessary because experts in the illness, researchers and clinicians alike, have reached a consensus that the Canadian Consensus Criteria (CCC) should be used for both research and clinical purposes. They have sent an Open Letter to Secretary Sebelius expressing their support for the CCC. This HHS contract with IOM would simply be a waste of precious resources.


The petition can be signed here.



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