FDA creates Transparency Task Force

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created a Transparency Task Force and announced a public meeting to solicit recommendations on ways in which the FDA can make useful and understandable information more readily available to the public. The Transparency Task Force will be chaired by FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein and will include the Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs, Chief Scientist, Chief Counsel, and Center Directors. The Transparency Task Force's mission is to:

  • Seek public input on transparency issues;
  • Recommend ways FDA can better explain its operations while protecting confidential information;
  • Identify information FDA should provide about specific operations and activities;
  • Identify barriers to providing useful and understandable information;
  • Identify tools and new technologies for informing the public;
  • Recommend changes to current operations; and
  • Recommend legislative or regulatory changes needed to improve transparency.

The task force will submit a written report with its findings and recommendations to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg approximately six months after it convenes. The Commissioner will then confer with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sibelius. The public meeting will be held on June 24, at the National Transportation Safety Board Conference Center in Washington, DC. The FDA is requesting those who wish to attend to register electronically at Transparency.Meeting@fda.hhs.gov by June 17. Interested persons may also submit written or electronic comments to the FDA no later than August 7, 2009. The FDA also plans to hold a second public meeting in the fall of 2009.

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