[Federal Register: February 28, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 40)]
[Page 9305]
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Food and Drug Administration

Blood Products Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.


    This notice announces a forthcoming meeting of a public advisory 
committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The meeting will 
be open to the public.
    Name of Committee: Blood Products Advisory Committee.
    General Function of the Committee: To provide advice and 
recommendations to the agency on FDA's regulatory issues.
    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on March 14, 2002, from 8 
a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on March 15, 2002, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Location: Gaithersburg Holiday Inn, Two Montgomery Village Ave., 
Gaithersburg, MD.
    Contact Person: Linda A. Smallwood, Center for Biologics Evaluation 
and Research (HFM-302), Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville 
Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, 301-827-3514, or FDA Advisory Committee 
Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC 
area), code 19516. Please call the Information Line for up-to-date 
information on this meeting.
    Agenda: On March 14, 2002, the following committee updates are 
tentatively scheduled: (1) Nucleic acid testing for whole blood, 
including standards for human immune deficiency virus and hepatitis C 
virus RNA; (2) nucleic acid testing for parvovirus B19; (3) nucleic 
acid testing for hepatitis A virus; and (4) announcement of planned FDA 
workshops. The committee will hear an informational presentation on 
emergency preparedness for the blood supply. In the afternoon, the 
committee will hear presentations, discuss and make recommendations on 
percutaneous exposure of blood and plasma donors: Tattoos and body 
piercing. On March 15, 2002, the committee will hear informational 
presentations and have discussion on the review of data supporting 
extension of the dating period for platelets, and in the afternoon, 
bacterial and fungal safety of tissue.
    Procedure: Interested persons may present data, information, or 
views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the committee. 
Written submissions may be made to the contact person by March 1, 2002. 
Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between 
approximately 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m., and 3:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. on 
March 14, 2002, and between approximately 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., and 
2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on March 15, 2002. Time allotted for each 
presentation may be limited. Those desiring to make formal oral 
presentations should notify the contact person before March 1, 2002, 
and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or 
arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed 
participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to 
make their presentation.
    Persons attending FDA's advisory committees are advised that the 
agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical outlets.
    FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee 
meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with 
physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special 
accommodations due to a disability, please contact Linda A. Smallwood, 
or Jane Brown at 301-827-1296 at least 7 days in advance of meeting.
    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

    Dated: February 22, 2002.
Linda A. Suydam,
Senior Associate Commissioner for Communications and Constituent 
[FR Doc. 02-4680 Filed 2-27-02; 8:45 am]