Committee’s Official Designation
National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee
The National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee is established pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sec. 263b(n), the committee as governed by the provisions of Public Law 92-463 (5 U.S.C. App. 2), the Federal Advisory Committee Act which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees.
Objectives and Scope of Activities
The National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee advises the Secretary and, by delegation, the Commissioner of Food and Drugs or designee in discharging their responsibilities with respect to establishing a mammography facilities certification program.
Description of Duties
The Committee shall advise the HHS Secretary and Commissioner of Food and Drug Administration or designee on:
(A) developing appropriate quality standards and regulations for mammography facilities;
(B) developing appropriate standards and regulations for bodies accrediting mammography facilities under this program;
(C) developing regulations with respect to sanctions;
(D) developing procedures for monitoring compliance with standards;
(E) establishing a mechanism to investigate consumer complaints;
(F) reporting new developments concerning breast imaging which should be considered in the oversight of mammography facilities;
(G) determining whether there exists a shortage of mammography facilities in rural and health professional shortage areas and determining the effects of personnel on access to the services of such facilities in such areas;
(H) determining whether there will exist a sufficient number of medical physicists after October 1, 1999; and
(I) determining the costs and benefits of compliance with these requirements.
Agency or Official to Whom the Committee Reports
The Committee provides advice to the HHS Secretary and the Commissioner of Food and Drugs or designee.
Management and support services shall be provided by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
Estimated Annual Operating Costs and Staff Years
The estimated annual cost for operating the Committee, including compensation and travel expenses for members but excluding staff support, is $67,405. The estimated person years of staff support required is 0.80, at an estimated annual cost of $131,993.
Designated Federal Officer
FDA will select a fulltime or permanent part-time Federal employee to serve as the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) to attend each Committee and subcommittee meeting and ensure that all procedures are within applicable statutory, regulatory, and HHS General Administration Manual directives. The DFO will approve and prepare all meeting agendas, call all of the Committee and subcommittee meetings, adjourn any meeting when the DFO determines adjournment to be in the public interest and chair meetings when directed to do so by the official to whom the Committee reports. The DFO shall be present at all meetings of the full committee and subcommittees.
Estimated Number and Frequency of Meetings
Meetings shall be held approximately once a year. Meetings shall be open to the public except as determined otherwise by the HHS Secretary, Commissioner or designee in accordance with the Government in the Sunshine Act (5 U.S.C. 552b(c)) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Notice of all meetings shall be given to the public.
Unless renewed by appropriate action prior to its expiration, the charter for the National Mammography Quality Assurance Advisory Committee will expire two years from the date it is filed.
Membership and Designation
The Committee shall consist of a core 15 members including the Chair. Members and the Chair are selected by the Commissioner or designee from among physicians, practitioners, and other health professionals, whose clinical practice, research specialization, or professional expertise includes a significant focus on mammography. Members will be invited to serve for overlapping terms of up to four years. Almost all members of this committee serve as Special Government Employees. The core of voting members shall include at least 4 individuals from among national breast cancer or consumer health organizations with expertise in mammography, and at least 2 practicing physicians who provide mammography services. In addition to the voting members, the Committee shall include 2 non-voting Industry Representatives members who have expertise in mammography equipment. The Committee may include one technically qualified member, selected by the Commissioner or designee, who is identified with consumer interests.
The Commissioner or designee shall have the authority to appoint members of other scientific and technical FDA advisory committees (normally not to exceed 4 members) to serve temporarily as voting members and to appoint consultants to serve temporarily as voting members when: (1) expertise is required that is not available among current voting standing members of the Committee (when additional voting members are added to the Committee to provide needed expertise, a quorum will be based on the combined total of regular and added members), or (2) to comprise a quorum when, because of unforeseen circumstances, a quorum is or will be lacking. Because of the size of the Committee and the variety in the types of issues that it will consider, FDA may, in connection with a particular committee meeting, specify a quorum that is less than a majority of the current voting members. The Agency's regulations (21 CFR §14.22(d)) authorize a committee charter to specify quorum requirements.
Temporary subcommittees consisting of two or more Committee members may be established, in consultation with the DFO, by the Commissioner or designee as needed to address specific issues within their respective areas of expertise.
Subcommittees make preliminary recommendations and or reports regarding specific issues for the full Committee’s consideration. The Department Committee Management Officer shall be notified upon establishment of each subcommittee, and shall be provided information on its name, membership, function, and estimated frequency of meetings.
Meetings of the Committee and its subcommittees will be conducted according to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, other applicable laws and Departmental policies. Committee and subcommittee records will be handled in accordance with General Records Schedule 6.2, Federal Advisory Committee Records or other approved agency records disposition schedule. These records will be available for public inspection and copying, subject to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552.
July 7, 2021
Date Russell Fortney
Director, Advisory Committee Oversight
and Management Staff