FDA
24th January 2014

FDA Launches Portal for Advisory Committee Membership Nominations

This new portal is an online, secure interactive system that allows interested individuals to submit nominations for membership to any of the agency’s many advisory committees.

FDA Launches Portal for Advisory Committee Membership Nominations

On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched the advisory committee membership nomination portal, changing the way in which panelists are brought on to advisory committees and catching up with this technology-driven age.

This new portal is an online, secure interactive system that allows interested individuals to submit nominations for membership to any of the agency’s many advisory committees. It allows individuals to submit their application for an advisory committee membership from the FDA’s website, creating a paperless, streamlined process that will enable the agency to accept, evaluate, and ultimately nominate qualified individuals for membership in an efficient manner. 

Check the new FDA portal out HERE

With respect to applicant evaluation, this streamlined system will essentially allow the FDA to develop metrics for assessing the entire applicant pool which will make identifying qualified candidates easier and thus, faster. Currently, applications must either be emailed or mailed to the agency which can be a long and tedious process.

“The portal allows applicants to complete their entire application online,” said Jill Hartzler Warner, J.D., acting associate commissioner of the FDA’s Office of Special Medical Programs. “Applicants will experience an interactive, step-by-step process that eliminates confusion and accelerates the timeframe for submitting and processing an application.”

Additionally, nominations for scientific members and consumer and industry representatives may be submitted by professional societies, industry and consumer groups, and other interested persons and organizations. Potential candidates are asked to provide detailed information regarding financial holdings, employment, and research grants and/or contracts in order to explore the possibility of an applicant having any conflicts of interest.

In an attempt to save time and energy, the FDA is also posting a set of presentation slides on conflicts of interest, which will allow applicants to answer preliminary questions and self-evaluate whether they may have conflicts of interest that will prevent them from being nominated to an advisory committee. View the conflicts of interest slides HERE!

Advisory committees provide the FDA with independent, expert advice on a range of complex scientific, technical, and policy issues. The 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.

Find out more about current advisory committee vacancies and the qualifications and experience expected from nominees by clicking HERE.

For more information regarding applying for membership, click HERE.

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