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Request for Nominations for Voting Members on a Public Advisory Committee; Food 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 voting members to serve on the Food Advisory Committee (the Committee), Office of Regulations, Policy, and Social Sciences, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

FDA seeks to include the views of women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with and without disabilities on its advisory committees and, therefore, encourages nominations of appropriately qualified candidates from these groups.

DATES:

Nominations received on or before December 20, 2016, will be given first consideration for membership on the Food Advisory Committee. Nominations received after December 20, 2016, will be considered for nomination to the committee as later vacancies occur.

ADDRESSES:

All nominations for membership should be sent electronically by logging into the FDA Advisory Committee Membership Nomination Portal: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/​scripts/​FACTRSPortal/​FACTRS/​index.cfm or by mail to Advisory Committee Oversight and Management Staff, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, Rm. 5103, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Regarding all nomination questions for membership, the primary contact is: Karen Strambler, 5001 Campus Drive, Rm. 1C-008, College Park, MD 20740, email: karen.strambler@fda.hhs.gov, 240-402-2589, Fax: 301-436-2367.

Information about becoming a member on an FDA advisory committee can also be obtained by visiting FDA's Web site by using the following link: http://www.fda.gov/​AdvisoryCommittees/​default.htm.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

FDA is requesting nomination for voting members on the Committee.

I. General Description of the Committee Duties

The Committee reviews and evaluates emerging food safety, nutrition, and other food- or cosmetic-related health issues that FDA considers of primary importance for its food and cosmetics programs. The Committee may be charged with reviewing and evaluating available data and making recommendations on matters such as those relating to: (1) Broad scientific and technical food- or cosmetic-related issues, (2) the safety of food ingredients and new foods, (3) labeling of foods and cosmetics, (4) nutrient needs and nutritional adequacy, and (5) safe exposure limits for food contaminants. The Committee may also be asked to provide advice and make recommendations on ways of communicating to the public the potential risks associated with these issues and on approaches that might be considered for addressing the issues.

II. Criteria for Voting Members

The Committee consists of a core of 15 voting members including the Chair. Members and the Chair are selected by the Commissioner of Food and Drugs (the Commissioner) designee from among authorities knowledgeable in the fields of physical sciences, biological and life sciences, food science, risk assessment, nutrition, food technology, molecular biology, epidemiology and other relevant scientific and technical disciplines. Members will be invited to serve for overlapping terms of up to 4 years. Almost all non-Federal members of this Committee serve as Special Government Employees. The core of voting members may include two technically qualified member(s), selected by the Commissioner or designee, who are identified with consumer interests and are recommended by either a consortium of consumer-oriented organizations or other interested persons. In addition to the voting members, the Committee may include two non-voting member(s) who are identified with industry interests.

III. Nomination Procedures

Any interested person may nominate one or more qualified individuals for membership on the advisory committee. Self-nominations are also accepted. Nominations must include a current, complete résumé or curriculum vitae for each nominee, including current business address and/or home address, telephone number, and email address if available. Nominations must also Start Printed Page 72810specify the advisory committee for which the nominee recommended. Nominations must also acknowledge that the nominee is aware of the nomination unless self-nominated. FDA will ask potential candidates to provide detailed information concerning such matters related to financial holdings, employment, and research grants and/or contracts to permit evaluation of possible sources of conflicts of interest.

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: October 18, 2016.

Janice M. Soreth,

Acting Associate Commissioner, Special Medical Programs.

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[FR Doc. 2016-25497 Filed 10-20-16; 8:45 am]

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