[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 169 (Thursday, August 30, 2018)]
[Pages 44280-44281]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-18778]



National Institutes of Health

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

AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.


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

    Meeting: October 9, 2018; 1:00--4:00 p.m. (EDT).
    Written Public Comment Submissions: Deadline is October 1, 2018.
    Oral Comments: Deadline is October 1, 2018.
    Registration to view the webcast: Deadline October 9, 2018.
    Registration to view the meeting via the webcast is required.

    Meeting Webpage: The preliminary agenda, registration, and other 
meeting materials are at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/165.
    Webcast: The meeting will be webcast; the URL will be provided to 
those who register for viewing.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Mary Wolfe, Designated Federal 
Official 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: 984-287-3209, Fax: 301-451-5759, Email: [email protected]. 
Hand Deliver/Courier address: 530 Davis Drive, Room K2130, Morrisville, 
NC 27560.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The BSC will provide input to the NTP on 
programmatic activities and issues. Preliminary agenda topics include 
discussions on strategic realignment of NTP and updates on peer 
reviews. Please see the preliminary agenda for information about the 
specific presentations. The preliminary agenda, roster of BSC members, 
background materials, public comments, and any additional information, 
when available, will be posted on the BSC meeting website (http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/165) or may be requested in hardcopy from the 
Designated Federal Official for the BSC. Following the meeting, summary 
minutes will be prepared and made available on the BSC meeting website.
    Meeting and Registration: The meeting is open to the public with 
time scheduled for oral public comments. Registration to view the 
webcast is by October 9, 2018, at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/165. 
Registration is required to view the webcast; the URL for the webcast 
will be provided in the email confirming registration. 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.
    Written Public Comments: NTP invites written and oral public 
comments on the agenda topics. Guidelines for public comments are 
available at https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/about_ntp/guidelines_public_comments_508.pdf. The deadline for submission of 
written comments is October 1, 2018. Written public comments should be 
submitted through the meeting website. Persons submitting written 
comments should include name, affiliation, mailing address, phone, 
email, and sponsoring organization (if any). Written comments received 
in response to this notice will be posted on the NTP website, and the 
submitter will be identified by name, affiliation, and sponsoring 
organization (if any).
    Oral Public Comments: Registration for oral comments is on or 
before October 1, 2018, at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/165. Oral 
comments will be received only during the formal public comment periods 
indicated on the preliminary agenda. Oral comments may be by 
teleconference line. The access number for the teleconference line will 
be provided to registrants by email prior to the meeting. Each 
organization is allowed one time slot, and five minutes will be 
allotted to each time slot.
    Meeting Materials: The preliminary meeting agenda is available on 
the meeting web page (http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/165) and will be 
updated one week before the meeting. Individuals are encouraged to 
access the meeting web page to stay abreast of the most current 
information regarding the meeting.
    Background Information on the 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, 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 BSC 
is provided by 42 U.S.C. 217a, section 222 of the Public Health Service 
Act (PHS), as amended.
    The 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: August 20, 2018
Brian R. Berridge,
Associate Director, National Toxicology Program.
[FR Doc. 2018-18778 Filed 8-29-18; 8:45 am]