The Vital Statistics Advisory Committee (VSAC) reviews and provides recommendations to the State Registrar on the adequacy of procedures pertaining to the release of vital statistics and confidentiality of personal health and medical information. Requests for the use of confidential birth and death data are reviewed by the VSAC to determine whether a legitimate scientific interest is presented and whether the significance of the project justifies use of confidential information. The VSAC assures that all research conducted using birth and death certificate data is consistent with guidelines provided by the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects. In addition, this committee reviews the content of California's certificate of live birth to coincide with the 10th year revisions of the United States Standards Certificate of Live Birth maintained by the National Center for Health Statistics. VSAC advises the State Registrar on the content and format of the birth certificate, proposes any additions or deletions of items on the birth certificate, and takes testimony and makes recommendations regarding changes in the birth registration system.
Health and Safety Code, Section 102465, requires the State Registrar to establish the VSAC and make every effort to ensure its membership is representative of the community. Membership recruitment is continuous and vacancies are filled and appointed by the State Registrar from an available pool of applicants. If interested, please complete a membership applicationand return to the address below.
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