[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 81 (Thursday, April 26, 2018)]
[Pages 18310-18311]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-08711]



Food and Drug Administration

[Docket No. FDA-2018-N-1489]

Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee; 
Notice of Meeting

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announces a forthcoming 
public advisory committee meeting of the Vaccines and Related 
Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC). The general function 
of the committee is to provide advice and recommendations to the Agency 
on FDA's regulatory issues. At least one portion of the meeting will be 
closed to the public.

DATES: The meeting will be held on May 17, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 4:45 

ADDRESSES: FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31 
Conference Center, the Great Room (Rm. 1503), Silver Spring, MD 20993-
0002. Answers to commonly asked questions including information 
regarding special accommodations due to a disability, visitor parking, 
and transportation may be accessed at: https://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees/ucm408555.htm.
    For those unable to attend in person, the meeting will also be 
webcast and will be available at the following link: https://collaboration.fda.gov/vrbpac2018/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Serina Hunter-Thomas or Rosanna 
Harvey, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug 
Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 6338, Silver 
Spring, MD 20993-0002, 240-402-5771, [email protected] 
and 240-402-8072, [email protected], or FDA Advisory Committee 
Information Line, 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC 
area). A notice in the Federal Register about last minute modifications 
that impact a previously announced advisory committee meeting cannot 
always be published quickly enough to provide timely notice. Therefore, 
you should always check the Agency's website at https://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/default.htm and scroll down to the appropriate 
advisory committee meeting link, or call the advisory committee 
information line to learn about possible modifications before coming to 
the meeting.

    Agenda: On May 17, 2018, under Topic I, the Center for Biologics 
Evaluation and Research's (CBER) VRBPAC will meet in open session to 
discuss approaches for demonstrating effectiveness of group B 
streptococcus (GBS) vaccines intended for use in pregnant women to 
protect the newborn infant. Also on May 17, 2018, under Topic II, the 
committee will meet in open session to hear an overview of the research 
program in the Laboratory of Respiratory Viral Diseases (LRVD), 
Division of Viral Products, Office of Vaccines Research and Review, 
    FDA intends to make background material available to the public no 
later than 2 business days before the meeting. If FDA is unable to post 
the background material on its website prior to the meeting, the 
background material will be made publicly available at the location of 
the advisory committee meeting, and the background material will be 
posted on FDA's website after the meeting. Background material is 
available at https://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/default.htm. Scroll down to the appropriate advisory committee meeting 
    Procedure: On May 17, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 4:10 p.m., the meeting 
is open to the public. Interested persons may present data, 
information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before 
the committee. Written submissions may be made to the contact person on 
or before May 10, 2018. Oral presentations from the public will be 
scheduled between approximately 12:35 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. for the GBS 
vaccine portion of the meeting, and 3:50 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. for the 
overview portion of the LRVD Site Visit. Those individuals interested 
in making formal oral presentations should notify the contact person 
and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the evidence or 
arguments they wish to present, the names and addresses of proposed 
participants, and an indication of the approximate time requested to 
make their presentation on or before May 2, 2018. Time allotted for 
each presentation may be limited. If the number of registrants 
requesting to speak is greater than can be reasonably accommodated 
during the scheduled open public hearing session, FDA may conduct a 
lottery to determine the speakers for the scheduled open public hearing 
session. The contact person will notify interested persons regarding 
their request to speak by May 3, 2018.
    Closed Committee Deliberations: On May 17, 2018, from 4:10 p.m. to 
4:45 p.m., the meeting will be closed to permit discussion where 
disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal 
privacy (5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6)). The recommendations of the advisory 
committee regarding the progress of the investigator's research will, 
along with other information, be used in making personnel and staffing 
decisions regarding individual scientists.
    We believe that public discussion of these recommendations on 
individual scientists would constitute an unwarranted invasion of 
personal privacy.
    Persons attending FDA's advisory committee meetings are advised 
that the Agency is not responsible for providing access to electrical 
    FDA welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee 
meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with 
disabilities. If you require accommodations due to a disability, please 
contact Serina Hunter-Thomas at least 7 days in advance of the meeting 
    FDA is committed to the orderly conduct of its advisory committee 
meetings. Please visit our website at: https://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/AboutAdvisoryCommittees/ucm111462.htm for

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procedures on public conduct during advisory committee meetings.
    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app. 2).

    Dated: April 20, 2018.
Leslie Kux,
Associate Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2018-08711 Filed 4-25-18; 8:45 am]