Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice requesting nominations for voting members to serve on the Medical Devices Advisory Committee (MDAC) device panels in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. The MDAC reviews and evaluates data on the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational devices and makes recommendations for their regulation.

The notice indicates that expertise is needed for the Anesthesiology and Respiratory Therapy Devices Panel of the MDAC, including anesthesiologists, pulmonary medicine specialists, or other experts who have specialized interests in ventilator support, sleep medicine, pharmacology, physiology, or the effects and complications of anesthesia. FDA is also seeking applicants with pediatric expertise in these areas. There is only one vacancy on this panel, and the approximate start date is Dec. 1.

The FDA also seeks expertise for the Dental Products Panel of the MDAC, including dentists, engineers, and scientists who have expertise in the areas of dental implants, dental materials, oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontics, periodontology, tissue engineering, snoring/sleep therapy, and dental anatomy. There are 11 vacancies on this panel, and the approximate start date is Nov. 1.

Nominations received on or before Oct. 29, 2019, will be given first consideration for membership on the panels of the MDAC. Nominations received after Oct. 29, 2019, will be considered for nomination to the committee as later vacancies occur.