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Request for Nominations for Nonvoting Members Representing Industry Interests on Public Advisory Panels or Committees; Medical Devices Advisory Committee

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting nominations for nonvoting industry representatives to serve on certain device panels of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

DATES:

Industry organizations interested in participating in the selection of a nonvoting member to represent industry for the vacancies listed in this document must send a letter to FDA by August 8, 2005, stating their interest in one or more panels. Concurrently, nomination materials for prospective candidates should be sent to FDA by August 8, 2005. A nominee may either be self-nominated or nominated by an organization to serve as a nonvoting industry representative.

ADDRESSES:

All letters of interest and nominations should be sent to Kathleen L. Walker (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kathleen L. Walker, Center for Devices and Radiological Health (HFZ-17), Food and Drug Administration, 2098 Gaither Rd., Rockville, MD 20850, 240-276-0450, ext. 114, e-mail: klw@cdrh.fda.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Section 520(f)(3) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the act) (21 U.S.C. 360j(f)(3)), as amended by the Medical Device Amendments of 1976, provides that each medical device panel include one nonvoting member to represent the interests of the medical device manufacturing industry.

FDA is requesting nominations for nonvoting members representing industry interests for the vacancies listed in table 1 of this document.

Table 1.—Medical Device Panel Vacancies

Medical Devices PanelsApproximate Date Representative is Needed
Anesthesiology and Respiratory Therapy Devices PanelDecember 1, 2005
Dental Products PanelNovember 1, 2005
General Hospital and Personal Use Devices PanelJanuary 1, 2006
Immunology Devices PanelImmediate
Ophthalmic Devices PanelNovember 1, 2005

I. Functions

The medical device panels perform the following functions: (1) Review and evaluate data on the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational devices and make recommendations for their regulation, (2) advise the Commissioner of Food and Drugs (the Commissioner) regarding recommended classification or reclassification of these devices into one of three regulatory categories, (3) advise on any possible risks to health associated with the use of devices, (4) advise on formulation of product development protocols, (5) review premarket approval applications for medical devices, (6) review guidelines and guidance documents, (7) recommend exemption to certain devices from the application of portions of the act, (8) advise on the necessity to ban a device, (9) respond to requests from the agency to review and make recommendations on specific issues or problems concerning the safety and effectiveness of devices, and (10) make recommendations on the quality in the design of clinical studies regarding the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational devices.

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II. Selection Procedure

Any organization in the medical device manufacturing industry wishing to participate in the selection of a nonvoting member to represent industry on a particular panel should send a letter stating that interest to the FDA contact (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) within 30 days of publication of this document. Persons who nominate themselves as industry representatives for the panels will not participate in the selection process. It is, therefore, recommended that nominations be made by someone within an organization, trade association, or firm who is willing to participate in the selection process. Within the subsequent 30 days, FDA will send a letter to each organization and a list of all nominees along with their resumes. The letter will state that the interested organizations are responsible for conferring with one another to select a candidate, within 60 days after receiving the letter, to serve as the nonvoting industry representative on a particular device panel. If no individual is selected within that 60 days, the Commissioner may select the nonvoting member to represent industry interests.

III. Application Procedure

Individuals may nominate themselves or an organization representing the medical device industry may nominate one or more individuals to serve as a nonvoting industry representative. A current curriculum vitae (which includes the nominee's business address, telephone number, and e-mail address) and the name of the panel of interest should be sent to the FDA contact person (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). FDA will forward all nominations to the organizations that have expressed interest in participating in the selection process for that panel.

FDA has a special interest in ensuring that women, minority groups, individuals with disabilities, and small businesses are adequately represented on its advisory committees. Therefore, the agency encourages nominations for appropriately qualified candidates from these groups.

This notice is issued under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2) and 21 CFR part 14, relating to advisory committees.

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Dated: June 23, 2005.

Sheila Dearybury Walcoff,

Associate Commissioner for External Relations.

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[FR Doc. 05-13421 Filed 7-7-05; 8:45 am]

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