[Federal Register: August 3, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 149)]
[Page 44035-44036]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Food and Drug Administration

Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies 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: Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies 
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 September 18, 2006, from 
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and September 19, 2006, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Location: Holiday Inn Gaithersburg, Two Montgomery Village Ave., 
Gaithersburg, MD.
    Contact Person: William Freas or Rosanna Harvey, Center for 
Biologics Evaluation and Research (HFM-71),

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Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852-
1448, 301-827-0314, or FDA Advisory Committee Information Line, 1-800-
741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area), code 3014512392. 
Please call the Information Line for up-to-date information on this 
    Agenda: On September 18, 2006, the committee will hear updates on 
the following topics: United States and worldwide bovine spongiform 
encephalopathies (BSE); variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) 
epidemiology and transfusion-transmission; blood and plasma donor 
deferral for transfusion in France since 1980 guidance; FDA's current 
assessment and plans regarding the potential exposure to vCJD from an 
investigational product, FXI, that was manufactured from UK donor 
plasma; and a summary of World Heath Organization Consultation on 
distribution of infectivity in tissues of animals and humans with 
transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. The committee will then 
discuss experimental clearance of transmissible spongiform 
encephalopathy infectivity in plasma-derived Factor VIII products. In 
the afternoon, the committee will discuss FDA's risk assessment for 
potential exposure to vCJD from human plasma-derived antihemophilic 
factor (FVIII) products and potential responses. On September 19, 2006, 
the committee will discuss possible criteria for approval of donor 
screening tests for vCJD.
    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 on or before 
September 6, 2006. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled 
between approximately 10:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and 3 
p.m. on September 18, 2006, and between approximately 10:15 a.m. and 
11:45 a.m. on September 19, 2006. Time allotted for each presentation 
may be limited. Those desiring to make formal oral presentations should 
notify the contact person 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 on or before 
September 11, 2006.
    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 William Freas or 
Rosanna Harvey 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: July 27, 2006.
Jeffrey Shuren,
Assistant Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. E6-12567 Filed 8-2-06; 8:45 am]