The Food and Drug Administration seeks input from consumers on medical and scientific issues. A key method of ensuring that FDA obtains the points of view of consumers is by including Consumer Representatives on Agency advisory committees.
A Consumer Representative must be able to analyze scientific data, understand research design, discuss benefits and risks, and evaluate the safety and efficacy of products under review. It is also essential that the representative have an affiliation with and/or active participation in consumer or community-based organizations. The role of the Consumer Representative is to represent the consumer perspective on issues and actions before the advisory committee; serve as a liaison between the committee and interested consumers, associations, coalitions, and consumer organizations; and facilitate dialogue with the advisory committees on scientific issues that affect consumers.
How to Apply
Nominations of qualified individuals must include:
- Complete curriculum vitae of each nominee
- A written confirmation that the nominee is aware of the nomination (unless self nominated)
- Letter(s) of Recommendation
- For Consumer Representative applications, include a cover letter that lists consumer or community organizations for which the nominee can demonstrate active participation.
Conflicts of Interest:
Potential candidates are asked to provide detailed information concerning such matters as financial holdings, employment, and research grants and/or contracts in order to permit evaluation of possible sources of conflict of interest. For more information view the presentation slides on conflicts of interest.
Where to Apply
You may submit your information by logging into the FDA Advisory Committee Membership Nomination Portal: