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VMAC Sample Letter

Dear VMAC Member:


The Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening its next Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC) Meeting January 22-24, 2002.  The purpose of the meeting is to seek recommendations on the issues of import tolerances under the provisions of the Animal Drug Availability Act of 1996 (ADAA), and on the antimicrobial drug effects on pathogen load in food-producing animals as pathogen load relates to the pre-approval process of new animal drug applications (NADAs). 


Enclosed are background materials for your preparation for the meeting.  Included in these materials you will find an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) on the issue of import tolerance.   CVM intends to consider the comments made at the meeting as part of the public response to the ANPRM when writing the proposed regulation.  The transcript will be submitted to Docket No. 01N-0284.  Public comments regarding the issue of pathogen load will be considered as part of the Center's policy development for industry guidance for pre-approval studies.


The VMAC meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily at the DoubleTree Hotel, Plaza Rooms I, II, and III, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD.  Your travel and lodging accommodations are coordinated by LCG, Incorporated.  Jennifer Webber is the principal contact and she may be reached at (703) 341-1110, extension 328.  Questions about the meeting may be directed to Aleta Sindelar, Executive Secretary, VMAC, at (301) 827-4515 or asindela@cvm.fda.gov.


We appreciate the time and effort you are taking from your personal and professional obligations. We apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused you as a result of the cancellation of the September 13-14th, 2001 VMAC meeting.  We look forward to your participation in these scientific discussions.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen F. Sundlof, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Director, Center for Veterinary Medicine