[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 194 (Friday, October 5, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 61006-61007]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-24560]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Food and Drug Administration

[Docket No. FDA-2012-N-0001]


Request for Notification From Industry Organizations Interested 
in Participating in the Selection Process for Nonvoting Industry 
Representatives and Request for Nominations for Nonvoting Industry 
Representatives on the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting that 
industry organizations interested in participating in the selection of 
a nonvoting industry representative to represent the interests of 
tobacco growers, to serve on its Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory 
Committee, notify FDA in writing. A nominee may either be self-
nominated or nominated by an organization to serve as a nonvoting 
industry representative. Nominations will be accepted for the upcoming 
vacancy effective with this notice.

DATES: Any industry organization interested in participating in the 
selection of an appropriate nonvoting member to represent the interests 
of tobacco growers must send a letter stating the interest to FDA by 
November 5, 2012, for the vacancy listed in the notice. Concurrently, 
nomination materials for prospective candidates should be sent to FDA 
by November 5, 2012.

ADDRESSES: All letters of interest and nominations should be submitted 
in writing to TPSAC@fda.hhs.gov, or by mail to Caryn Cohen (see FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Caryn Cohen, Center for Tobacco 
Products, Food and Drug Administration, 9200 Corporate Blvd., 
Rockville, MD 20850, 1-877-287-1373 (choose Option 4), Fax: 240-276-
3655, TPSAC@fda.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Agency requests nominations for a 
nonvoting industry representative on the Tobacco Products Scientific 
Advisory Committee to represent the interests of tobacco growers. 
Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, FDA is publishing a 
separate document announcing the Request for Notification for Voting 
Members on the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee.

I. Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee

    The Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (the Committee) 
advises the Commissioner of Food and Drugs (the Commissioner) or 
designee in discharging responsibilities as they relate to the 
regulation of tobacco products. The Committee reviews and evaluates 
safety, dependence, and health issues relating to tobacco products and 
provides appropriate advice, information and recommendations to the 
Commissioner. The Committee includes three nonvoting members who 
represent industry interests. These members include one representative 
of the tobacco manufacturing industry, one representative of the 
interests of tobacco growers, and one representative of the interests 
of the small business tobacco manufacturing industry. The 
representative of the interests of the small business tobacco 
manufacturing industry may be filled on a rotating basis by 
representatives of different small business tobacco manufacturers based 
on areas of expertise relevant to the topics being considered by the 
Committee. With this notice, nominations are sought for one 
representative of the interests of tobacco growers, and an alternate to 
this representative.

II. Selection Procedure

    Any industry organization interested in participating in the 
selection of appropriate nonvoting member(s) to represent industry 
interests should send a letter stating that interest to the FDA contact 
(see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) within 30 days of publication of 
this document (see DATES). Within 50 days of publication of this 
document, FDA will send a letter to each organization that has 
expressed an interest, attaching a complete list of all such 
organizations, and a list of all nominees along with their current 
resumes. The letter will also state that it is the responsibility of 
the interested organizations to confer with one another and to select a 
candidate, within 60 days of the receipt of the letter, to serve as the 
nonvoting member to represent the interests of the tobacco growers on 
the Committee. The interested organizations are not bound by the list 
of nominees in selecting a candidate. However, if no individual is 
selected within 60 days, the Commissioner will select the nonvoting 
member to represent industry interests.

III. Application Procedure

    Individuals may self-nominate and/or organizations may nominate one 
or more individuals to serve as a nonvoting industry representative 
(for the roles specified previously in this notice). Nominations must 
include a current resume or curriculum vitae of the nominee including 
current business address and/or home address, telephone number, email 
address if available, and the role for which the individual is being 
nominated. Nominations must also acknowledge that the nominee is aware 
of the nomination unless self-nominated. FDA will forward all 
nominations to the organizations expressing interest in participating 
in the selection process for the committee. (Persons who nominate 
themselves as nonvoting industry representatives will not participate 
in the selection process.)
    FDA seeks to include the views of women and men, members of all 
racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with and without disabilities 
on its advisory committees and, therefore, encourages nominations of 
appropriately qualified candidates from these groups.
    This notice is issued under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 
U.S.C. app. 2) and 21 CFR part 14, relating to advisory committees.


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    Dated: September 25, 2012.
Jill Hartzler Warner,
Acting Associate Commissioner for Special Medical Programs.
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