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Advisory Committee

Silouettes of people of all ages with thought bubbles above their heads.In September 2015, the FDA announced its first Patient Engagement Advisory Committee. The FDA established the Committee to help assure that the needs and experiences of patients are included as part of the FDA’s deliberations on complex issues involving the regulation of medical devices and their use by patients. This Committee brings patients, patient advocacy groups, and experts together for a broader discussion of important patient-related issues. Such discussions may help inform device innovation, development, evaluation and access and help the FDA meet its public health commitment to improve patients’ health and quality of life.

More information about advisory committee members and meetings is available on the page.

Committee Membership and Qualifications

The Committee is made up of a core of 9 voting members plus one non-voting industry representative and one voting consumer representative. For specific meetings that need expertise beyond the core membership, the Committee can reach out to experts that participate on other advisory panels for the FDA and the National Institutes of Health.

The FDA encourages the public to nominate candidates that represent the full spectrum of demographics, including women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, of disease severity and individuals with and without disabilities to serve on the committee. CDRH is seeking individuals who are knowledgeable in areas such as:

  • primary care patient experience
  • healthcare needs of patient groups in the United States
  • the work of patient and health professional organizations
  • clinical research
  • methodologies for eliciting patient preferences
  • patient reported outcomes methodology
  • strategies for communicating benefits, risks and clinical outcomes to patients and research subjects.

How to Nominate a Candidate

For information about how to nominate yourself or another candidate to participate in the Committee please see the Federal Register notices.

Discussion Topics

The Committee may advise CDRH on the following topics:

  • Agency guidance and policies
  • clinical trial or registry design
  • patient preference study design
  • benefit-risk determinations
  • device labeling
  • unmet clinical needs
  • available alternatives
  • patient reported outcomes
  • device-related quality of life or health status issues
  • other patient-related topics

For more information about the Patient Engagement Advisory Committee, see the Patient Engagement Advisory Committee Advisory Committee charter. To learn about other FDA Advisory Committees, see the FDA Advisory Committee webpage.

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