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National Biodefense Science Board: Notification of Public Teleconference

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Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary.




As stipulated by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hereby giving notice that the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) will hold a teleconference meeting. The meeting is open to the public. Pre-registration is NOT required, however, individuals who wish to participate in the public comment session should e-mail NBSB@HHS.GOV to RSVP.

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The meeting will be held on December 9, 2009 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST.


The meeting will occur by teleconference. To attend, call 1-866-395-4129, pass-code “ASPR.” Please call 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the conference call to facilitate attendance.

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Pursuant to section 319M of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d-7f) and section 222 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 217a), the Department of Health and Human Services established the National Biodefense Science Board.

The Board shall provide expert advice and guidance to the Secretary on scientific, technical, and other matters of special interest to the Department of Health and Human Services regarding current and future chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological agents, whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate. The Board may also provide advice and guidance to the Secretary on other matters related to public health emergency preparedness and response.

This is a special meeting of the NBSB. Discussions will surround issues related to Novel Influenza A H1N1.

Members of the public are invited to attend by teleconference via a toll-free call-in phone number. The teleconference will be operator assisted to allow the public the opportunity to provide comments to the Board. Public participation will be limited to time and space available. Public comments will be limited to no more than 3 minutes per speaker. To be placed on the public comment list, notify the operator when you join the teleconference.

Public comments received by close of business one week prior to each teleconference will be distributed to the NBSB in advance. Submit comments via e-mail to NBSB@HHS.GOV, with “NBSB Public Comment” as the subject line.

A draft agenda and any additional materials/agendas will be posted on the NBSB Web site (​aspr/​omsph/​nbsb/​) prior to the meeting.

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Dated: October 9, 2009.

Nicole Lurie,

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

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[FR Doc. E9-27450 Filed 11-16-09; 8:45 am]