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Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders and Genetic Diseases in Newborns and Children (ACHDGDNC); Notice of Meeting

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In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), notice is hereby given of the following meeting:

Name: Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders and Genetic Diseases in Newborns and Children.

Date and Time: August 7, 2008, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., EDT.

Place: Audio Conference Call.

The ACHDNC will meet on Thursday, August 7, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., (EDT). The public can join the meeting via conference call by dialing 1-(866) 245-0358 on August 7 and providing the following information:

Leader's Name: Carrie Diener.

Project Code: 10596001001.

Pass Code: 496966.

Participants should call no later than 12:30 p.m. EDT in order for the logistics to be established for participation in the call. Participants also are asked to register for the conference by going to the registration Web site at​public/​ap.aspx?​EID=​ADVI12E&​OID=​130. The registration deadline is Wednesday, August 6, 2008. If there are technical problems gaining access to the call, please contact Tamar R. Shealy, Meetings Manager, Conference and Meetings Management, Altarum Institute, telephone: (202) 828-5100.

Agenda: The agenda will include discussion on the ACHDGDNC's evidence review process and to hear discussion from the ACHDGDNC members on condition nomination packages submitted for review by the ACHDGDNC for inclusion on the uniform newborn screening panel. Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate. You can also locate the Agenda, presentations and meeting materials at the home page of the Web site at​public/​ap.aspx?​EID=​ADVI12E&​OID=​50.

Public Comments: Members of the public can present oral comments during the public comment period of the conference call. Those individuals are required to register online by Wednesday, August 6, 2008, at​public/​ap.aspx?​EID=​ADVI12E&​OID=​130. Requests will contain the name, address, telephone number, and any professional or business affiliation of the person desiring to make an oral presentation. Groups having similar interests are requested to combine their comments and present them through a single representative. The allocation of time may be adjusted to accommodate the level of expressed interest. Each public commentator will be notified by email of their assigned presentation time.

Members of the public are required to submit written comments that will be distributed to Committee members prior to the conference call. Parties wishing to submit written comments should ensure that the comments are postmarked or emailed no later than July 31, 2008, for consideration. Comments should be submitted to Tamar R. Shealy, Meetings Manager, Conference and Meetings Management, Altarum Institute, 1200 18th Street, NW., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036, telephone: (202) 828-5100; fax: (202) 785-3083, or e-mail:

For Further Information Contact: Anyone requiring information regarding the ACHDNC should contact : Jill F. Shuger, M.S., Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA, Parklawn Building, Room 18A-19, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857; telephone (301) 443-1080; fax (301) 594-0878; or e-mail:

Supplementary Information: The ACHDNC was chartered originally under Section 1111 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, 42 U.S.C. 300b-10 in February 2003 to advise the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as amended in the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act. The Committee is governed by the provisions of Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 2), and 41 CFR part 102-3, which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees. The ACHDNC is directed to review and report regularly on newborn and childhood screening practices for heritable disorders and to recommend improvements in the national newborn and childhood heritable screening programs.

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Dated: July 9, 2008.

Alexandra Huttinger,

Director, Division of Policy Review and Coordination.

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[FR Doc. E8-16360 Filed 7-16-08; 8:45 am]