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Request for Notification From Consumer Organizations Interested in Participating in the Selection Process for Nominations for Voting and/or Nonvoting Consumer Representatives on Public Advisory Committees or Panels and Request for Nominations for Voting and/or Nonvoting Consumer Representatives on Public Advisory Committees or Panels

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

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SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting that any consumer organizations interested in participating in the selection of voting and/or nonvoting consumer representatives to serve on its advisory committees or panels notify FDA in writing. FDA is also requesting nominations for voting and/or nonvoting consumer representatives to serve on advisory committees and/or panels for which vacancies currently exist or are expected to occur in the near future. Nominees recommended to serve as a voting or nonvoting consumer representative may either be self-nominated or may be nominated by a consumer organization. Nominations will be accepted for current vacancies and for those that will or may occur through December 2011.

DATES:

Any consumer organization interested in participating in the selection of an appropriate voting or nonvoting member to represent consumer interests on an FDA advisory committee or panel may send a letter or e-mail stating that interest to FDA (see ADDRESSES) by January 27, 2011, for vacancies listed in this document. Concurrently, nomination materials for prospective candidates should be sent to FDA (see ADDRESSES) by January 27, 2011.

ADDRESSES:

All statements of interest from consumer organizations interested in participating in the selection process and consumer representative nominations should be sent electronically to CV@OC.FDA.GOV, by mail to Advisory Committee Oversight and Management Staff, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, rm. 5129, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, or by FAX to 301-847-8640. Information about becoming a member of an FDA advisory committee can be obtained by visiting FDA's Web site at http://www.fda.gov/​AdvisoryCommittees/​default.htm.

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FOR FURTHER GENERAL INFORMATION CONTACT:

Doreen Brandes, Advisory Committee Oversight and Management Staff, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, rm. 5122, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-8858, e-mail: Doreen.Brandes@fda.hhs.gov.

For questions relating to specific advisory committees or panels, contact the following persons listed in table 1 of this document:

Table 1

Contact personCommittee/panel
Walter Ellenberg, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, rm. 5488, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002; phone: 301-796-3873; e-mail: Walter.Ellenberg@fda.hhs.govPediatrics Advisory Committee.
Martha Monser, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, rm. 4286, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002; phone: 301-796-4627; e-mail: Martha.Monser@fda.hhs.govScience Board.
Yvette Waples (Acting), 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31, rm. 2410, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002; phone: 301-796-9034; e-mail: Yvette.Waples@fda.hhs.govAdvisory Committee for Pharmaceutical Science and Clinical Pharmacology Dermatologic, Ophthalmic Drugs and Psychopharmacologic Drugs.
Minh Doan, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31, rm. 2432, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002; phone: 301-796-9009; e-mail: Minh.Doan@fda.hhs.govArthritis Drugs.
Kalyani Bhatt, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31, rm. 3438, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002; phone: 301-796-9005; e-mail: Kalyani.Bhatt@fda.hhs.govAnesthetic & Life Support Drugs.
Paul Tran, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31, rm. 2404, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002; phone: 301-796-9029; e-mail: Paul.Tran@fda.hhs.govAnti-Viral Drugs
Caleb Briggs, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31, rm. 2428, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002; phone: 301-796-9022; e-mail: Caleb.Briggs@fda.hhs.govOncologic Drugs.
Bryan Emery, Rockwall Building (HFM-71), 5515 Security Lane, rm. 1312, Rockville, MD 20852; phone: 301-827-1277; e-mail: Bryan.Emery@fda.hhs.govBlood Products and Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies
Margaret Miller, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, rm. 2208, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002; phone: 301-796-8890; e-mail: Margaret.Miller@fda.hhs.govScience Advisory Board to the National Center of Toxicological Research.
Shanika Craig, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, rm. 1613, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002; phone: 301-796-6639; e-mail: Shanika.Craig@fda.hhs.govAnesthesiology and Respiratory Therapy Devices Panel and General Hospital and Personal Use Devices Panel.
Margaret McCabe-Janicki, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, rm. 1535, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002; phone: 301-796-7029; e-mail: Margaret.Mccabe-Janicki@fda.hhs.govGastroenterology and Urology General Plastic Surgery.
Olga Claudio, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, rm. 1611, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002; phone: 301-796-7608; e-mail: Olga.Claudio@fda.hhs.govImmunology Devices Panel, Dental Products Devices Panel and National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee.
James Swink, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, rm. 1609, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002; phone: 301-796-6313; e-mail: James.Swink@fda.hhs.govMolecular and Clinical Genetics.
James Engles, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, rm. 1566, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002; phone: 301-796-7543; e-mail: James.Engles@fda.hhs.govNeurological Devices Panel and Ophthalmic Devices Panel.
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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

FDA is requesting nominations for voting and/or nonvoting consumer representatives for the vacancies listed in table 2 of this document:

Table 2

Committee/panel/areas of expertise neededCurrent and upcoming vacanciesApproximate date needed
Pediatrics Advisory Committee: Knowledgeable in pediatric research, pediatric subspecialties, statistics, and/or biomedical ethics1-Votingimmediately.
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Science Board: Knowledgeable in the fields of food safety, nutrition, chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, clinical research of systems biology, healthcare devices, nanotechnology, medical imaging, robotics, cell and tissue based products, regenerative medicine and combination products1-Votingimmediately.
Blood Products: Knowledgeable in the fields of clinical and administrative medicine, hematology, immunology, blood banking, surgery, internal medicine, biochemistry, engineering, biological and physical sciences, biotechnology, computer technology, statistics, epidemiology, sociology/ethics, and other related professions1-Votingimmediately.
Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies: Knowledgeable in the fields of clinical and administrative medicine, hematology, virology, neurovirology, neurology, infectious diseases, immunology, transfusion medicine, surgery, internal medicine, biochemistry, biostatistics, epidemiology, biological and physical sciences, sociology/ethics, and other related professions1-Votingimmediately.
Anesthetic and Life Support: Knowledgeable in the fields of anesthesiology, surgery, epidemiology or statistics, and related specialties1-Voting04/01/11.
Antiviral Drugs: Knowledgeable in the fields of clinical pharmacology, internal medicine, infectious diseases, microbiology, virology, psychiatry, statistics, epidemiology, ophthalmology, immunology, pediatrics, hematology, and related specialties1-Voting11/01/11.
Arthritis Drugs: Knowledgeable in the fields of arthritis, rheumatology, orthopedics, epidemiology or statistics, analgesics, and related specialties1-Votingimmediately.
Dermatologic and Ophthalmic Drugs: Knowledgeable in the fields of dermatology, ophthalmology, internal medicine, pathology, immunology, epidemiology or statistics, and other related professions1-Voting09/01/11.
Oncologic Drugs: Knowledgeable in the fields of general oncology, pediatric oncology, hematologic oncology, immunologic oncology, biostatistics, and other related professions1-Voting07/01/11.
Pharmaceutical Science and Clinical Pharmacology: Knowledgeable in the fields of pharmaceutical manufacturing, clinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, bioavailability and bioequivalence research, the design and evaluation of clinical trials, laboratory analytical techniques, pharmaceutical chemistry, physiochemistry, biochemistry, biostatistics and related biomedical and pharmacological specialties1-Voting11/01/11.
Psychopharmacologic Drugs: Knowledgeable in the fields of psychopharmacology, psychiatry, epidemiology or statistics, and related specialties1-Voting07/30/11.
Veterinary Advisory: Knowledgeable in the fields of companion animal medicine, food animal medicine, avian medicine, microbiology, biometrics, toxicology, pathology, pharmacology, animal science, chemistry, public health/epidemiology and minor species/minor use veterinary medicine1-Votingimmediately.
Science Board to the National Center for Toxicology: Knowledgeable in the fields related to toxicological research1-Votingimmediately.
National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee: Knowledgeable in clinical practice, research specialization, or professional work that has a significant focus on mammography2-VotingImmediately.
Certain Panels of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee
Anesthesiology and Respiratory Therapy Devices: Knowledgeable in anesthesiology and pulmonary medicine or others who have specialized interests in ventilator support, pharmacology, physiology, or the effects and complications of anesthesia1-Nonvoting12/01/10.
Dental Products Panel: Knowledgeable in the areas of dental implants, dental materials, periodontology, tissue engineering, and dental anatomy1-Nonvotingimmediately.
Gastroenterology and Urology Devices: Knowledgeable in the area of gastroenterology, urology, and nephrology1-Nonvoting01/01/12.
General Hospital and Personal Use Devices: Nurses, biomedical engineers, microbiologists/infection control practitioners, or experts knowledgeable in the area of hospital and personal use devices1-Nonvoting01/01/11.
Immunology Devices: Knowledgeable in medical, surgical, or clinical oncology, internal medicine, clinical immunology, allergy, molecular diagnostics, or clinical laboratory medicine1-Nonvotingimmediately.
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Molecular and Clinical Genetics Panel: Knowledgeable in human genetics and in the clinical management of patients with genetic disorders, e.g., candidates with training in inborn errors of metabolism, biochemical and/or molecular genetics, population genetics, epidemiology and related statistical training. Additionally, individuals with experience in genetic counseling, medical ethics as well as ancillary fields of study will be considered1-Nonvotingimmediately.
Neurological Devices: Knowledgeable in neurologic diseases and devices used to treat neurologic disorders1-Nonvotingimmediately.
Ophthalmic Devices: Knowledgeable in corneal-external disease, vitreo-retinal surgery, glaucoma, ocular immunology, ocular pathology; optometrists; vision scientists; ophthalmic professionals quality of life assessment, electrophysiology, low vision rehabilitation1-Nonvotingimmediately.

I. Functions

A. Pediatric Advisory Committee

Advises and makes recommendations regarding (1) Pediatric research; (2) identification of research priorities related to pediatric therapeutics and the need for additional treatments of specific pediatric diseases or conditions; (3) the ethics, design, and analysis of clinical trials related to pediatric therapeutics; (4) pediatric labeling disputes; (5) pediatric labeling changes; (6) adverse event reports for drugs granted pediatric exclusivity and any safety issues that may occur; (7) any other pediatric issue or pediatric labeling dispute involving FDA regulated products; (8) research involving children as subjects; and (9) any other matter involving pediatrics for which FDA has regulatory responsibility.

B. 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 in the scientific community, industry, and academia. Additionally, the Board will provide 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.

C. Blood Products

Reviews and evaluates available data concerning the safety, effectiveness, and appropriate use of blood products derived from blood and serum or biotechnology which are intended for use in the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of human diseases as well as the safety, effectiveness, and labeling of the products, on clinical and laboratory studies involving such products, on the affirmation or revocation of biological product licenses, and on the quality and relevance of FDA's research program which provides the scientific support for regulating these products.

D. Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies

Reviews and evaluates available scientific data concerning the safety of products which may be at risk for transmission of spongiform encephalopathies having an impact on the public health, as well as considers the quality and relevance of FDA's research program which provides scientific support for the regulation of these products.

E. Anesthetic and Life Support Drugs

Reviews and evaluates available data concerning the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational human drug products for use in anesthesiology and surgery.

F. Antiviral Drugs

Reviews and evaluates available data concerning the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational human drug products for use in the treatment of infectious diseases and disorders.

G. Arthritis Drugs

Reviews and evaluates data concerning the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational human drug products for use in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, and related diseases.

H. Oncologic Drugs

Reviews and evaluates data concerning the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational human drug products for use in the treatment of cancer.

I. Pharmaceutical Science & Clinical Pharmacology

Provides advice on scientific and technical issues concerning the safety, and effectiveness of human generic drug products for use in the treatment of a broad spectrum of human diseases, and as required, any other product for which the FDA has regulatory responsibility. The committee may also review Agency sponsored intramural and extramural biomedical research programs in support of FDA's generic drug regulatory responsibilities.

J. Psychopharmacologic Drugs

Reviews and evaluates data concerning the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational human drug products for use in the practice of psychiatry and related fields.

K. Veterinary Medicine

Reviews and evaluates available data concerning the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational new animal drugs, feeds, and devices for use in the treatment and prevention of animal diseases and increased animal production.

L. Technical Electronic Product Radiation Standards Advisory Committee

Reviews and evaluates the technical feasibility, reasonableness, and practicability of performance standards for electronic products to control the emission of radiation from such products, and may recommend electronic product radiation safety standards.

M. Science Advisory Board to the National Center for Toxicological Research

Reviews and advises the Agency on the establishment, implementation, and evaluation of the research programs that meet current and future scientific needs of the Agency. The Board also provides Start Printed Page 81622an extra-agency review in ensuring that the research programs at NCTR are scientifically sound and relevant to the regulatory needs of the Agency.

N. National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee

Advises the Agency on development of appropriate quality standards and regulations for mammography facilities; standards and regulations for bodies accrediting mammography facilities under this program; regulations with respect to sanctions; procedures for monitoring compliance with standards; and establishing a mechanism to investigate consumer complaints; reporting new developments concerning breast imaging which should be considered in the oversight of mammography facilities. Also determines whether there exists a shortage of mammography facilities in rural and health professional shortage areas and determines the effects of personnel on access to the services of such facilities in such areas; determining whether there will exist a sufficient number of medical physicists after October 1, 1999; and determining the costs and benefits of compliance with these requirements.

O. Certain Panels of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee

Reviews and evaluates data on the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational devices and makes recommendations for their regulation. With the exception of the Medical Devices Dispute Resolution Panel, each panel, according to its specialty area, advises on the classification or reclassification of devices into one of three regulatory categories; advises on any possible risks to health associated with the use of devices; advises on formulation of product development protocols; reviews premarket approval applications for medical devices; reviews guidelines and guidance documents; recommends exemption of certain devices from the application of portions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; advises on the necessity to ban a device; and responds to requests from the Agency to review and make recommendations on specific issues or problems concerning the safety and effectiveness of devices. With the exception of the Medical Devices Dispute Resolution Panel, each panel, according to its specialty area, may also make appropriate recommendations to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs on issues relating to the design of clinical studies regarding the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational devices. The Dental Products Panel also functions at times as a dental drug panel. The functions of the dental drug panel are to evaluate and recommend whether various prescription drug products should be changed to over-the-counter status and to evaluate data and make recommendations concerning the approval of new dental drug products for human use.

II. Criteria for Members

Persons nominated for membership as consumer representatives on the committees or panels should meet the following criteria: (1) Demonstrate ties to consumer and community-based organizations, (2) be able to analyze technical data, (3) understand research design, (4) discuss benefits and risks, and (5) evaluate the safety and efficacy of products under review. The consumer representative should be able to represent the consumer perspective on issues and actions before the advisory committee; serve as a liaison between the committee and interested consumers, associations, coalitions, and consumer organizations; and facilitate dialogue with the advisory committees on scientific issues that affect consumers.

III. Selection Procedures

Selection of members representing consumer interests is conducted through procedures that include the use of organizations representing the public interest and public advocacy groups. These organizations recommend nominees for the Agency's selection. Representatives from the consumer health branches of Federal, State, and local governments also may participate in the selection process. Any consumer organization interested in participating in the selection of an appropriate voting or nonvoting member to represent consumer interests should send a letter stating that interest to FDA (see ADDRESSES) within 30 days of publication of this document.

Within the subsequent 30 days, FDA will compile a list of consumer organizations that will participate in the selection process and will forward to each such organization a ballot listing three to five qualified nominees selected by the Agency based on the nominations received, together with each nominee's current curriculum vitae or resume. Ballots are to be filled out and returned to FDA within 30 days. The nominee receiving the highest number of votes ordinarily will be selected to serve as the member representing consumer interests for that particular advisory committee or panel.

IV. Nomination Procedures

Any interested person or organization may nominate one or more qualified persons to represent consumer interests on the Agency's advisory committees or panels. Self-nominations are also accepted. Potential candidates will be required to provide detailed information concerning such matters as financial holdings, employment, and research grants and/or contracts to permit evaluation of possible sources of conflicts of interest.

All nominations should include: A cover letter; a curriculum vitae or resume that includes the nominee's home or office address, telephone number, and e-mail address; and a list of consumer or community-based organizations for which the candidate can demonstrate active participation.

Nominations also should specify the advisory committee(s) or panel(s) for which the nominee is recommended. In addition, nominations should include confirmation that the nominee is aware of the nomination and is willing to serve as a member of the advisory committee or panel if selected. The term of office is up to 4 years.

FDA will review all nominations received within the specified timeframes and prepare a ballot containing the names of three to five qualified nominees. Names not selected will remain on a list of eligible nominees and be reviewed periodically by FDA to determine continued interest. Upon selecting qualified nominees for the ballot, FDA will provide those consumer organizations that are participating in the selection process with the opportunity to vote on the listed nominees. Only organizations vote in the selection process. Persons who nominate themselves to serve as voting or nonvoting consumer representatives will not participate in the selection process.

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

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Dated: December 22, 2010.

Jill Hartzler Warner,

Acting Associate Commissioner for Special Medical Programs.

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