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Membership and Recruitment

Description: Develop an improved recruitment plan and an improved systematic approach to seeking nominations on a continuing basis for potential advisory committee membership where a vacancy percentage is >25% over a 6 month period for any one particular committee. The ability of the FDA to attract and maintain access to qualified members is critical to the successful performance of the advisory committees. This project will seek to increase public awareness, increase the number of nominations and appointments, and decrease advisory committee vacancies for committees in most need of qualified members.

Accomplishment: FDA’s advisory committee program continues to seek opportunities and strategies to fill vacant positions on its committees. In this past year, we have successfully increased our interactions with outside organizations and have published recruitment announcements in organization newsletters and meeting programs. We have increased our relationships with consumer and community based organizations and worked with those groups to fill consumer representative vacancies on our committees. These efforts have helped FDA reduce the overall number of vacancies on our committees in fiscal year 2010 which has been tracked and posted on the Advisory Committees Dashboard on FDA’s website.

Milestone DescriptionMilestone DateMilestone StatusMilestone Completion Date

A. Identify 5 recruitment sources (academic medicine, professional societies, other government agencies, industry, and consumer and patient organizations) and identify sources for ongoing recruitment opportunities (literature, meetings, mail list, etc.)

2/1/2010

Completed 2/1/2010

B. Identify consumer groups that will participate in the nomination process

7/1/2010

Completed 4/30/2010

C. Track and post to the FDA website vacancy percentages by monitoring membership appointments on a monthly basis for FY 2010)

9/1/2010

Completed 4/7/2010

D. Identify 5 additional recruitment sources (academic medicine, professional societies, other government agencies, industry, and consumer and patient organizations) and identify sources for ongoing recruitment opportunities (literature, meetings, mail list, etc.))

9/1/2010

Completed 9/1/2010

E. Increase nominations from consumer groups to reduce consumer vacancies

9/30/2010

Completed 1/28/2011

Key Projects Legend

Milestone StatusDefinition
Not Yet StartedWork for specific milestone has not yet been started.
CompletedMilestone and/or overall project is completed.
On TrackMilestone - On track for completion by milestone deadline. Quarter status - Project is on track for completion based on overall milestone status.
On HoldMilestone - On hold, but deadline for completion has not passed. Quarter status - Project is on hold, based on overall milestone status.
DelayedMilestone - Delayed as it has not been completed and deadline has passed. Quarter status - Project is delayed based on overall milestone status.

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