[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 193 (Thursday, October 4, 2012)]
[Pages 60707-60708]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-24420]



National Institutes of Health

National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors; 
Announcement of Meeting; Request for Comments

SUMMARY: This notice announces the next meeting of the National 
Toxicology Program (NTP) Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC). The NTP 
BSC, a federally chartered, external advisory group composed of 
scientists from the public and private sectors, will review and provide 
advice on programmatic activities. The meeting is open to the public 
and preregistration is requested for both public attendance and 
comment. Information about the meeting and registration are available 
at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/165.

DATES: Meeting: December 11, 2012, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern 
Standard Time and continuing until adjournment at approximately 4:30 
    Written Public Comments Submissions: Deadline is November 27, 2012.
    Pre-registration for Meeting and/or Oral Comments: Deadline is 
December 4, 2012.

    Meeting Location: Rodbell Auditorium, Rall Building, NIEHS, 111 
T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.
    Agency Meeting Web Page: The preliminary agenda, registration and 
other meeting materials are at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/165.
    Webcast: The meeting will be available via webcast at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/video/index.cfm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Lori White, Designated Federal 
Officer for the BSC, Office of Liaison, Policy and Review, Division of 
NTP, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, K2-03, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. 
Phone: 919-541-9834, Fax: 919-541-0295, Email: whiteld@niehs.nih.gov. 
Hand Deliver/Courier address: 530 Davis Drive, Room K2136, Morrisville, 
NC 27560.

    Meeting and Registration: This meeting is open to the public with 
time scheduled for oral public comments; attendance is limited only by 
the space available. The BSC will provide input to the NTP on 
programmatic activities and issues. A preliminary agenda, roster of BSC 
members, background materials, public comments, and any additional 
information, when available, will be posted on the BSC meeting Web site 
(http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/165) or may be requested in hardcopy from 
the Designated Federal Officer for the BSC. Following the meeting, 
summary minutes will be prepared and made available on the BSC meeting 
Web site. Individuals who plan to attend are encouraged to register 
online at the BSC meeting Web site (http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/165) by 
December 4, 2012, to facilitate planning for the meeting. Registered 
attendees are encouraged to access this Web site to stay abreast of the 
most current information regarding the meeting. Visitor and security 
information is available at niehs.nih.gov/about/visiting/index.cfm. 
Individuals with disabilities who need accommodation to participate in 
this event should contact Dr. Lori White at phone: (919) 541-9834 or 
email: whiteld@niehs.nih.gov. TTY users should contact the Federal TTY 
Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Requests should be made at least five 
business days in advance of the event.
    Request for Comments: Written comments submitted in response to 
this notice should be received by November 27, 2012. Comments will be 
posted on the BSC meeting Web site and persons submitting them will be 
identified by their name and affiliation and/or sponsoring 
organization, if applicable. Persons submitting written comments should 
include their name, affiliation (if applicable), phone, email, and 
sponsoring organization (if any) with the document.
    Time will be allotted during the meeting for the public to present 
oral comments to the BSC on the agenda topics. In addition to in-person 
oral comments at the meeting at the NIEHS, public comments can be 
presented by teleconference line. There will be 50 lines for this call; 
availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The available 
lines will be open from 8:30 a.m. until adjournment, although public 
comments will be received only during the formal public comment 
periods, which are indicated on the preliminary agenda. Each 
organization is allowed one time slot per agenda topic. At least 7 
minutes will be allotted to each speaker, and if time permits, may be 
extended to 10 minutes at the discretion of the BSC chair. Persons 
wishing to present oral comments are encouraged to pre-register on the 
NTP meeting Web site, indicate whether they will present comments in-
person or via the teleconference line, and list the topic(s) on which 
they plan to comment. The access number for the teleconference line 
will be provided to registrants by email prior to the meeting. 
Registration for oral comments will also be available on the meeting 
day, although time allowed for presentation by these registrants may be 
less than that for pre-registered speakers and will be determined by 
the number of persons who register at the meeting.
    Persons registering to make oral comments are asked to send a copy 
of their statement or PowerPoint slides to the Designated Federal 
Officer by December 4, 2012. Written statements can supplement and may 
expand upon the oral presentation. If registering on-site and reading 
from written text, please bring 40 copies of the statement for 
distribution to the BSC and NTP staff and to supplement the record.
    Background Information on the NTP BSC: The BSC is a technical 
advisory body comprised of scientists from the public and private 
sectors that provides primary scientific oversight to the NTP. 
Specifically, the BSC advises the NTP on matters of scientific program 
content, both present and future, and conducts periodic review of the 
program for the purpose of determining and advising on the scientific 
merit of its activities and their overall scientific quality. Its 
members are selected from recognized authorities knowledgeable in 
fields such as toxicology, pharmacology, pathology, biochemistry, 
epidemiology, risk assessment, carcinogenesis, mutagenesis, molecular 
biology, behavioral toxicology, neurotoxicology,

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immunotoxicology, reproductive toxicology or teratology, and 
biostatistics. Members serve overlapping terms of up to four years. The 
BSC usually meets biannually. The authority for the NTP BSC is provided 
by 42 U.S.C. 217a, section 222 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS), 
as amended. The NTP BSC is governed by the provisions of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. app.), which sets forth 
standards for the formation and use of advisory committees.

    Dated: September 28, 2012.
John R. Bucher,
Associate Director, National Toxicology Program.
[FR Doc. 2012-24420 Filed 10-3-12; 8:45 am]