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September 13, 1941

Current Comment

JAMA. 1941;117(11):938. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820370034014

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PREFERENCE RATING FOR RESEARCH SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT  The great importance of scientific research to the defense program has just been recognized by granting a high defense priority rating to equipment needed by research laboratories. The Director of Priorities, E. R. Stettinius Jr., signed an order which became effective August 30 and remains effective until Feb. 28, 1942, granting the priority rating of A-2 to such equipment. There are in the United States some two thousand research laboratories which use small quantities of about five thousand chemicals and require in their work twenty-five thousand different instruments. Any laboratory having difficulty in securing essential materials for scientific research and wishing to qualify for the A-2 rating should apply to the Office of Production Management, Chemical Branch, Washington, D. C., on form PD-88. In its application the laboratory must state the type of service rendered or products manufactured. The Office of Production Management

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