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Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration; Notice of Meeting

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Food and Drug Administration, HHS.



This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The meeting will be open to the public.

Name of Committee: Science Board to the Food and Drug Administration (Science Board).

General Function of the Committee: The Science Board provides advice primarily to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs and other appropriate officials on specific complex and technical issues as well as emerging issues within the scientific community in industry and academia. Additionally, the Science Board provides advice to the agency on keeping pace with technical and scientific evolutions in the fields of regulatory science, on formulating an appropriate research agenda, and on upgrading its scientific and research facilities to keep pace with these changes. It will also provide the means for critical review of agency sponsored intramural and extramural scientific research programs.

Date and Time: The meeting will be held on June 14, 2007, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Addresses: Electronic comments should be submitted to​dockets/​ecomments. Select Docket No. 2007N-0195—Science Board and follow prompts to submit your statement. Written comments should be submitted to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1066, Rockville, MD 20852, by close of business on June 7, 2007. All comments received will be posted without change, including any personal information provided. Comments received on or before June 7, 2007, will be provided to the committee before or at the meeting.

Location: Holiday Inn Gaithersburg, Two Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20879, Grand Ballroom Conference Room.

Contact Person: Carlos Peña, Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (HF-33), 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland, 20857, 301-827-6687, carlos.Peñ, or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area), code 3014512603. Please call the Information Line for up-to-date information on this meeting. A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, you should always check the agency's Web site and call the appropriate advisory committee hot line/phone line to learn about possible modifications before coming to the meeting.

Agenda: The Science Board will hear about and discuss the agency's bioinformatics initiative and fellowship program. The Science Board will then continue their discussion of the review of both the agency's science programs and the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Program, from the March 31, 2006, Science Board meeting. Discussions will first include a subcommittee update to the Science Board on the progress of the review of the agency's science programs. The Science Board will then hear about and discuss the subcommittee review of the NARMS Program including the public meeting regarding the NARMS Program on April 10, 2007, and subsequent deliberations. The Science Board will also hear about and discuss the agency's updates on drug safety, post approval surveillance, and food safety.

FDA intends to make background material available to the public no later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post the background material on its Web site prior to the meeting, the background material will be made publicly available at the location of the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be posted on FDA's Web site after the meeting. Background material is available at​ohrms/​dockets/​ac/​acmenu.htm, click on the year 2007 and scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee link.

Procedure: Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on or before May 31, 2007. Two oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between approximately 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Those desiring to make formal oral presentations should notify the contact person and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to make their presentation on or before May 23, 2007. Time allotted for each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing sessions. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding their request to speak by May 24, 2007.

Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised that the agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets.

FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Carlos Peña at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.Start Printed Page 28500

Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

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Dated: May 15, 2007.

Randall W. Lutter,

Associate Commissioner for Policy and Planning.

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[FR Doc. E7-9737 Filed 5-18-07; 8:45 am]