APA Nominates Psychologists to Serve on New FDA Advisory Committee

The Food and Drug Administration published a Federal Register Notice requesting nominations for the new Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee.
On August 26th, the Food and Drug Administration published a Federal Register Notice requesting nominations for the new Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC). The TPSAC reviews and evaluates safety, dependence, and health issues relating to tobacco products and provides appropriate advice, information, and recommendations to the Commissioner.  Specifically, the committee will submit reports and recommendations on tobacco-related topics, including the following: the impact of the use of menthol in cigarettes on the public health, including such use among children, African Americans, Hispanics and other racial and ethnic minorities; the nature and impact of the use of dissolvable tobacco products on the public health, including such use on children; the effects of the alteration of nicotine yields from tobacco products and whether there is a threshold level below which nicotine yields do not produce dependence on the tobacco product involved; and any application submitted by a manufacturer for a modified risk tobacco product.  On September 18th  APA nominated ten outstanding scientists to serve on the new Committee which will likely be empanelled by the end of 2009.  FDA is moving rapidly to implement the provisions of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act by, for example, banning flavored tobacco products as of September 22nd.