Animal & Veterinary
FDA Requests Nominations for Consumer Representative on VMAC
April 28, 2003
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting nominations for a consumer representative to serve as a voting member on its Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC.) Nominations will be accepted though December 31, 2003. FDA has a special interest in ensuring that women, minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are adequately represented on advisory committees and, therefore, encourages nominations of qualified candidates from these groups.
All nominations should be sent to Michael Ortwerth, Advisory Committee Oversight and Management Staff (HF-4), FDA Office of the Commissioner, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857.
Persons nominated for membership on the committees as a consumer representative must:
- demonstrate ties to consumer and community-based organizations;
- be able to analyze technical data;
- understand research design;
- discuss benefits and risks; and
- evaluate the safety and efficacy of products under review.
The consumer representative must 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.
All nominations must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae or resume (which should include nominee’s 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.
Any interested person or organization may nominate one or more qualified persons for membership on the VMAC to represent consumer interests. Self-nominations are also accepted. FDA will ask the potential candidates to provide detailed information concerning such matters as financial holdings, employment, and research grants and/or contracts to permit evaluation of possible sources of conflict of interest. The nomination should specify that this is for the Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee. The term of office is up to 4 years, depending on the appointment date.