[Federal Register: May 9, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 88)]
[Page 24449-24450]
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Food and Drug Administration

Advisory Committee on Special Studies Relating to the Possible 
Long-Term Health Effects of Phenoxy 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 Phenoxy Herbicides and 
Contaminants (Ranch Hand Advisory Committee).
    General Function of the Committee: To advise the Secretary of 
Health and Human Services (the Secretary) and the Assistant Secretary 
for Health concerning its oversight of the conduct of the Ranch Hand 
study by the U.S. Air

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Force and provide scientific oversight of the Department of Veterans 
Affairs 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 desirable.
    Date and Time: The meeting will be held on June 10, 2005, from 8:30 
a.m. to 4 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 committee will discuss the following items: (1) Updates 
on research and reports from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) on 
the NAS Disposition Study, (2) April 14th public workshop regarding the 
NAS Disposition Study, (3) discussion on the possibility of a 
comprehensive study report derived from the Air Force Health Study 
(AFHS), and (4) research updates on AFHS activities.
    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 May 20, 2005. 
Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled between 
approximately 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Time allotted for each 
presentation may be limited. Those desiring to make formal oral 
presentations should notify the contact person before May 20, 2005, 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: April 29, 2005.
Sheila Dearybury Walcoff,
Associate Commissioner for External Relations.
[FR Doc. 05-9232 Filed 5-6-05; 8:45 am]