[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 161 (Monday, August 22, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 48961-48962]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-16506]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES


Solicitation of Nominations for Membership on the Secretary's 
Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the 
Secretary, Office of Public Health and Science.

ACTION: Notice.

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    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 217a, section 222 of the Public Health 
Service Act, as amended. The committee is governed by the provisions 
of Public Law 92-463, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), which sets 
forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees.

SUMMARY: The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), a program 
office in the Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health 
and Human Services (HHS), is seeking nominations of qualified 
candidates to be considered for appointment as members of the 
Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP). 
SACHRP provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary, HHS, and 
the Assistant Secretary for Health on matters pertaining to the 
continuance and improvement of functions within the authority of HHS 
directed toward protections for human subjects in research. SACHRP was 
established by the Secretary, HHS, on October 1, 2002. OHRP is seeking 
nominations of qualified candidates to fill three positions on the 
Committee membership that will become vacant on January 1, 2006.

DATES: Nominations for membership on the Committee must be received no 
later than 5 p.m. EST on October 1, 2005, at the address listed below.

ADDRESSES: Nominations should be mailed or delivered to: Dr. Bernard 
Schwetz, Director, Office for Human Research Protections, Department of 
Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200; Rockville, 
MD 20852. Nominations will not be accepted by e-mail or by facsimile.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Catherine Slatinshek, Executive 
Director, SACHRP, Office for Human Research Protections, 1101 Wootton 
Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852. Telephone: 1-240-453-6900. A 
copy of the Committee charter and list of the current membership can be 
obtained by contacting Ms. Slatinshek or by accessing the SACHRP Web 
site at http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/sachrp , or requesting via e-mail at 
sachrp@osophs.dhhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee shall advise on matters 
pertaining to the continuance and improvement of functions within the 
authority of HHS directed toward protections for human subjects in 
research. Specifically, the committee will provide advice relating to 
the responsible conduct of research involving human subjects with 
particular emphasis on: Special populations, such as neonates and 
children, prisoners, and the decisionally impaired; pregnant women, 
embryos, and fetuses; individuals and populations in international 
studies; populations in which there are individually identifiable 
samples, data, or information; and investigator conflicts of interest.
    In addition, the Committee is responsible for reviewing selected 
ongoing work and planned activities of the OHRP and other offices/
agencies within HHS responsible for human subjects protection. These 
evaluations may include, but are not limited to, a review of assurance 
systems, the application of minimal research risk standards, the 
granting of waivers, education programs sponsored by OHRP, and the 
ongoing monitoring and oversight of institutional review boards and the 
institutions that sponsor research.
    Nominations: The Office for Human Research Protections is 
requesting nominations to fill three positions for voting members of 
SACHRP. The positions will become vacant on January 1, 2006. 
Nominations of potential candidates for consideration are being sought 
from a wide array of fields, including, but not limited to: public 
health and medicine; behavioral and social sciences; health 
administration; biomedical ethics. To qualify for consideration of 
appointment to the Committee, an individual must possess demonstrated 
experience and expertise in any of the several disciplines and fields 
pertinent to human subjects protection and/or clinical research.
    The individuals selected for appointment to the Committee will 
serve as voting members. The individuals selected for appointment to 
the Committee can be invited to serve a term of up to four years. 
Committee members receive a stipend for attending Committee meetings 
and conducting other business in the interest of the Committee, 
including per diem and reimbursement for travel expenses incurred.
    Nominations should be typewritten. The following information should 
be included in the package of material submitted for each individual 
being nominated for consideration: (1) A letter of nomination that 
clearly states the name and affiliation of the nominee, the basis for 
the nomination (i.e., specific attributes which qualify the nominee for 
service in this capacity), and a statement that the nominee is willing 
to serve as a member of the Committee; (2) the nominator's name, 
address and daytime telephone number, and the home and/or work address, 
telephone number, and email address of the individual being nominated; 
and (3) a current copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae. The names of 
Federal employees should not be nominated for consideration of 
appointment to this Committee.
    The Department makes every effort to ensure that the membership of 
HHS Federal advisory committees is fairly balanced in terms of points 
of view

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represented and the committee's function. Every effort is made to 
ensure that a broad representation of geographic areas, females, ethnic 
and minority groups, and the disabled are given consideration for 
membership on HHS Federal advisory committees. Appointment to this 
Committee shall be made without discrimination on the basis of age, 
race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and cultural, 
religious, or socioeconomic status.
    Nominations must state that the nominee is willing to serve as a 
member of SACHRP and appears to have no conflict of interest that would 
preclude membership. Potential candidates are required to provide 
detailed information concerning such matters as financial holdings, 
consultancies, and research grants or contracts to permit evaluation of 
possible sources of conflict of interest.

    Dated: August 16, 2005.
Bernard A. Schwetz,
Director, Office for Human Research Protections, Executive Secretary, 
Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections.
[FR Doc. 05-16506 Filed 8-19-05; 8:45 am]
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