[ascct] Federal Engagement Opportunities

  • From: Kristie Sullivan <KSullivan@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: "ascct@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <ascct@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 14:45:19 -0500

Dear Members,

Here are three opportunities for federal engagement related to toxicology you 
may be interested in exploring:

1—USP recruiting expert committee members:

As you may already know, the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is 
recruiting candidates to serve on their expert committees and panels for the 
2015—2020 cycle. Among other duties, these expert committees are in charge of 
revising USP’s official texts and assessing new methods that may merit 
inclusion in revised editions of the USP. As such, interested parties with 
expertise in nonanimal methods are strongly encouraged to participate. General 
information on the expertise sought for each committee is detailed at this link.
A full list of available positions—and their application forms—is available at 
this link<https://callforcandidates.usp.org/committees-panels>. Many 
application deadlines fall in 2015, but some—such as the Biocompatibility of 
Materials Used in Packaging Systems, Medical devices and Implants Expert 
Panel<https://callforcandidates.usp.org/node/1703>—will close next Friday, 
November 14.

2—FDA Updating Redbook:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is announcing a public meeting to 
solicit comments on certain topics related to our guidance titled 
“Toxicological Principles for the Safety Assessment of Food Ingredients,” known 
less formally as the “Redbook.” The purpose of our public meeting is to invite 
public input into possibly expanding the scope of the Redbook to include 
chemical safety assessments for all products over which FDA's Center for Food 
Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) has statutory authority including 
regulatory contexts such as food additives, food contact substances, dietary 
supplement ingredients, food contaminants, and cosmetics. The Redbook would 
describe toxicological principles which apply across regulatory categories 
while still providing specific guidance for applying these principles within 
each particular context. The safety of foods containing microbial contaminants 
will continue to remain outside of the scope of the Redbook.

Public Meeting: December 9, 2014
Deadline for registration: December 2, 2014
Deadline for oral comment request: November 21, 2014
Written comments accepted until: February 9, 2015


3—EPA FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel to be held December 2-5:

There will be a 4-day meeting of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and 
Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA SAP) to consider and review 
Integrated Endocrine Activity and Exposure-based Prioritization and Screening. 
The main topic of discussion is outlined in this paper:

Integrated Bioactivity and Exposure Ranking: A Computational Approach for the 
Prioritization and Screening of Chemicals in the Endocrine Disruptor Screening 

Comments. The Agency encourages that written comments be submitted by November 
18, 2014, and requests for oral comments be submitted by November 25, 2014. 
However, written comments and requests to make oral comments may be submitted 
until the date of the meeting, but anyone submitting written comments after 
November 18, 2014, should contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO) listed 

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