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B Statement of Task As directed by Public Law 102-585, passed by Congress in November 1992, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences will form a committee to review "existing scientific, medical and over information on the health consequences of military service in the Persian Gulf theater of operations during the Persian Gulf War." The Committee to Review the Health Consequences of Service During the Persian Gulf War has been charged to: . assess the effectiveness of actions taken by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Secretary of Defense to collect and maintain infonnation that is potentially useful for assessing the health consequences of the military service referred to in subsection (a) of P.L. 102-585; . make recommendations on means of improving Me collection and maintenance of such information; and make recommendations as to whether there is sound scientific basis for an epidemiological study or studies on the health consequences of such service, and if the recommendation is that there is sound scientific basis for such a study or studies, the nature of the study or studies. In order to be informed from multiple sources, the committee will review relevant scientific literature and other information and will hold public meetings and scientific workshops. The committee will conduct a three year study and prepare a final report. SPONSORS: Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense November 5~ 1993 (date of statement) (date of previous statement, if applicable) 164