[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 227 (Monday, November 24, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 71004-71005]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-27851]


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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

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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 two positions on the 
Committee membership that will be vacated in June of 2009.

DATES: Nominations for membership on the Committee must be received no 
later than January 23, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Nominations should be mailed or delivered to Dr. Jerry 
Menikoff, Director, Office for Human Research Protections, Department 
of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200; 
Rockville, MD 20852. Nominations also may be sent via e-mail to 
sachrp@hhs.gov or via facsimile at 240-453-6909.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julia Gorey, Executive Director, 
SACHRP, Office for Human Research Protections, 1101 Wootton Parkway, 
Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852, telephone: 240-453-8141. A copy of the 
Committee charter and list of the current members can be obtained by 
contacting Ms. Gorey, accessing the SACHRP Web site at http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/sachrp, or requesting via e-mail at sachrp@hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee provides advice 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 provides advice relating to the 
responsible conduct of research involving human subjects with 
particular emphasis on special populations such as neonates and 
children, prisoners, the decisionally impaired, pregnant women, embryos 
and fetuses, individuals and populations in international studies, 
investigator conflicts of interest and populations in which there are 
individually identifiable samples, data, or information.
    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 two positions for voting members of 
SACHRP. The two positions will become vacant in June of 2009. 
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, and 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 can be 
invited to serve a term of up to four years. Committee members receive 
a stipend and reimbursement for per diem and any travel expenses 
incurred for attending Committee meetings and/or conducting other 
business in the interest of the Committee.
    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. 
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 represented and the committee's function. Every effort is made 
to ensure that individuals from a broad representation of geographic 
areas, women and men, 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.
    Documentation must be included in the nomination to indicate that 
the nominated individual is willing to serve as a member of SACHRP. 
Individuals who are selected to be considered for appointment will be 
required to provide detailed information regarding their financial 
holdings, consultancies, and research grants or contracts. Disclosure 
of this information is necessary in order to determine if the selected 
candidate is involved in any activity that may pose a potential 
conflict with the official duties to be performed as a member of 
SACHRP.

    Dated: November 18, 2008.
Jerry Menikoff,
Director, Office for Human Research Protections, Executive Secretary, 
Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections.
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