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Request for Nominations on the Blood Products Advisory Committee

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting that any industry organizations interested in participating in the selection of a nonvoting industry representative to serve on the Blood Products Advisory Committee for the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) notify FDA in writing. FDA is also requesting nominations for a nonvoting industry representative(s) to serve on the Blood Products Advisory Committee. A nominee may either be self-nominated or nominated by an organization to serve as a nonvoting industry representative. Nominations will be accepted for current vacancies effective with this notice.

DATES:

Any industry organization interested in participating in the selection of an appropriate nonvoting member to represent industry interests must send a letter stating that interest to FDA by December 23, 2016. See sections I and II of this document for further details. Concurrently, nomination materials for prospective candidates should be sent to FDA by December 23, 2016.

ADDRESSES:

All statements of interest from industry organizations that wish to participate in the selection process of nonvoting industry representative nomination should be sent to Bryan Emery (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). All nominations for nonvoting industry representatives may be submitted electronically by accessing 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. Information about becoming a member of an FDA advisory committee can also be obtained by visiting FDA's Web site http://www.fda.gov/​AdvisoryCommittees/​default.htm.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Bryan Emery, Division of Scientific Advisors and Consultants, CBER, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 6128, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 240-402-8054, Fax: 301-595-1307, email: bryan.emery@fda.hhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Agency intends to add a nonvoting industry representative(s) to the following advisory committee:

I. CBER Blood Products Advisory Committee

The Committee reviews and evaluates available data concerning the safety, effectiveness, and appropriate use of blood; products derived from blood and serum or biotechnology intended for use in the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of human diseases; and, as required, any other product for which FDA has regulatory responsibility. The Committee then advises the Commissioner of Food and Drugs of its findings regarding screening, testing, and labeling of products on clinical and laboratory studies involving such products on the affirmation or revocation of biological products licenses, as well as on the quality and relevance of FDA's research program that provides the scientific support for regulating these agents. The Committee will function at times as a medical device panel under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) Medical Device Amendments of 1976. As such, the Committee: (1) Recommends classification of devices subject to its review into regulatory categories, (2) recommends the assignment of a priority for the application of regulatory requirements for devices classified in the standards or premarket approval category, (3) advises on formulation of product development protocols and reviews premarket approval applications for those devices to recommend changes in classification as appropriate, (4) recommends exemption of certain devices from the application of portions of the FD&C Act, (5) advises on the necessity to ban a device, and (6) responds to requests from the Agency to review and make recommendations on specific issues or problems concerning the safety and effectiveness of devices.

II. Selection Procedure

Any industry organization interested in participating in the selection of an appropriate nonvoting member to represent industry interests should send a letter stating that interest to the FDA contact (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) within 30 days of publication of this document (see DATES). Within the subsequent 30 days, FDA will send a letter to each organization that has expressed an interest, attaching a complete list of all such organizations and a list of all nominees along with their current resumes. The letter will also state that it is the responsibility of the interested organizations to confer with one another and to select a candidate, within 60 days after the receipt of the FDA letter, to serve as the nonvoting member to represent industry interests for the committee. The interested organizations are not bound by the list of nominees in selecting a candidate. However, if no individual is selected within 60 days, the Commissioner will select the nonvoting member to represent industry interests.

III. Application Procedure

Individuals may self-nominate and/or an organization may nominate one or more individuals to serve as a nonvoting industry representative. Contact information, a current curriculum vitae, and the name of the committee of interest should be sent to the FDA Advisory Committee Membership Nomination Portal (see ADDRESSES) within 30 days of publication of this document (see DATES). FDA will forward all nominations to the organizations expressing interest in participating in the selection process for the committee. (Persons who nominate themselves as nonvoting industry representatives will not participate in the selection process).Start Printed Page 85232

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

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: November 18, 2016.

Janice M. Soreth,

Associate Commissioner, Special Medical Programs.

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[FR Doc. 2016-28306 Filed 11-23-16; 8:45 am]

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