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How is a potential advisory committee member screened for conflicts of interests?

For appointment to an advisory committee, FDA reviews an individual’s expertise and financial information.

For participation at a specific advisory committee meeting, FDA screens all members for potential financial conflicts in relation to the meeting topic. The agency reviews each reported financial interest carefully, and asks certain basic questions:

  • Will the financial interest be affected by the discussion and outcome of the meeting?
  • Could the outcome of the meeting affect the ability or willingness of the funding organization to continue its relationship with the individual?
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