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Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Request for Public Comment on Draft Reports on Xenotransplantation

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The Secretary's Advisory Committee on Xenotransplantation (SACX) is requesting public comment on two draft reports on xenotransplantation. One is on the state of the science of xenotransplantation and the other is on informed consent issues in clinical trials involving xenotransplantation.

Before the reports are finalized and transmitted to the Secretary, the SACX is requesting comments on the draft reports from members of the public. All public comments received will be considered in finalizing the reports. Comments should be submitted by March 31, 2005. Received comments will be available for public inspection at the NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., at the contact address noted below.

Information: The Secretary's Advisory Committee on Xenotransplantation, Department of Health and Human Services, considers the scientific, medical, social, and ethical issues and the public health concerns raised by xenotransplantation and makes recommendations to the Secretary on policy and procedures. The Committee's charges include advising on the current state of knowledge regarding xenotransplantation and on the potential for transmission of infectious diseases as a consequence of xenotransplantation; and deliberating on medical, public health, ethical, legal and socioeconomic issues, including international policies and developments that are relevant to xenotransplantation.

Overview of Drafts: The state of the science report addresses the scientific challenges in xenotransplantation, the infectious disease risks associated with xenotransplantation, public health concerns associated with xenotourism, knowledge gaps and resource limitations, and alternative strategies to xenotransplantation. The report also proposes a series of recommendations regarding these issues.

The report on informed consent issues in clinical research involving xenotransplantation addresses the ethical foundations and functions of informed consent, components of informed consent, the informed consent process, informed consent forms, and special issues raised by xenotransplantation. The report proposes a series of recommendations regarding informed consent in xenotransplantation research.

The full draft reports are available electronically at http://www4.od.nih.gov/​oba/​Sacx.htm. A paper or electronic copy can also be requested by calling the NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities at (301) 496-9838 or by e-mailing Mary Groesch at groeschm@od.nih.gov.

Contact Person: Mary Groesch, Ph.D., Executive Director, Secretary's Advisory Committee on Xenotransplantation, Office of Biotechnology Activities, Rockledge I, Room 750, Bethesda, MD 20892. (301) 496-9838.

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Dated: March 1, 2005.

LaVerne Y. Stringfield,

Director, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.

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