The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently seeking candidates from the medical device industry to join its Center for Devices & Radiological Health's Device Good Manufacturing Practice Advisory Committee (DGMPAC). The federal regulatory agency has requested written recommendations for representatives from the medical device industry. After joining, representatives will hold a non-voting seat at the DGMPAC.
DGMPAC is tasked with the job of reviewing proposed medical device regulations. In addition, the committee makes recommendations on manufacturing practices for the medical device industry.
Businesses and organizations will be able to offer written recommendations for candidates they feel would benefit the DGMPAC. However, submissions must be in by January 3rd, 2013 at the latest.
In its posted notice, the FDA was vague on the qualifications it wanted for candidates. The agency simply stated that, “persons nominated for DGMPAC should possess appropriate qualifications to understand and contribute to the committee’s work as described in the committee’s function.”
If interested, parties should send a letter to the federal regulatory agency with a written recommendation for a candidate. Upon receipt, the FDA will send the party a list of other interested organizations, their committee candidates and their resumes. Interested parties are expected to communicate with each other in the candidate selection process. By working together to choose candidates, the FDA hopes that committee members will serve as “an appropriate nonvoting member to represent industry interests."