[Federal Register: October 26, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 206)]
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Food and Drug Administration

Advisory Committee on Special Studies Relating to the Possible 
Long-Term Health Effects of Herbicides and Contaminants (Ranch Hand 
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: Advisory Committee on Special Studies Relating 
to the Possible Long-Term Health Effects of Herbicides and Contaminants 
(Ranch Hand Advisory Committee).
    General Function of the Committee: To advise the Secretary of 
Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the Assistant Secretary for 
Health concerning its oversight of the conduct of the Ranch Hand study 
by the U.S. Air Force and provide scientific oversight of the 
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Army Chemical Corps Vietnam 
Veterans Health Study and other studies in which the Secretary or the 
Assistant Secretary for Health believes involvement by the committee is 
    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on November 19, 2004, from 
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Location: Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 
1066, Rockville, MD.
    Contact Person: Leonard Schechtman, National Center for 
Toxicological Research (HFT-10), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 
Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-6696, or FDA Advisory 
Committee Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the 
Washington, DC area), code 3014512560. Please call the Information Line 
for up-to-date information on this meeting.
    Agenda: The Air Force will present for review to the Ranch Hand 
Advisory Committee the following chapters from the ongoing health 
study: Chapter 18, Endocrine; Chapter 20, Pulmonary; Chapter 11, 
Neurology; Chapter 13, Gastrointestinal; Chapter 14, Dermatology; 
Chapter 10, Neoplasia; Chapter 21, Conclusions; and the Executive 
    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 November 5, 
2004. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between 
approximately 10:20 a.m. and 10:55 a.m. Time allotted for each 
presentation may be limited. Those desiring to make formal oral 
presentations should notify the contact person before November 12, 
2004, 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 committee meetings are advised 
that the agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical 
    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 Leonard Schechtman 
at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.
    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

    Dated: October 17, 2004.
Sheila Dearybury Walcoff,
Associate Commissioner for External Relations.
[FR Doc. 04-23856 Filed 10-25-04; 8:45 am]