[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 32 (Thursday, February 16, 2012)]
[Pages 9251-9252]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-3625]



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 the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office for 
Human Research Protections.

ACTION: Notice.


    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 the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department 
of Health and Human Services (HHS), previously published a notice (76 
FR 243, 19 Dec 2011, pp. 78660-78661) seeking nominations of qualified 
candidates to be considered for appointment as members of the 
Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP). 
OHRP would like to announce a four week extension of the SACHRP 
nomination period. As a result of this extension, the nomination period 
will now end at the close of business on March 16, 2012.

DATES: Nominations for membership on the Committee must be received no 
later than March 16, 2012.

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 will not be accepted by email or by 

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 www.hhs.gov/ohrp/sachrp, or requesting them via email at [email protected].

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 research involving individually 
identifiable samples, data or information.
    In addition, the Committee is responsible for reviewing selected 
ongoing work and planned activities of

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OHRP and other offices or 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: OHRP is requesting nominations to fill four positions 
for voting members of SACHRP. Two positions will become vacant in July 
and two in October, 2012. 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 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 or conducting other business 
in the interest of the Committee. Interested applicants may self-
    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, daytime telephone number, and the home 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.
    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 

    Dated: February 10, 2012.
Jerry Menikoff,
Director, Office for Human Research Protections Executive Secretary, 
Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections.
[FR Doc. 2012-3625 Filed 2-15-12; 8:45 am]