By: CAPT Dornette Spell-LeSane, M.S.N., M.H.A., A.N.P.-B.C.
Have you ever wanted to be part of the food and drug regulatory process? Do you have a history of public interest or a passion for consumer advocacy? Do you have experience analyzing scientific data?
[Dornette Spell-LeSane] If you answered “Yes,” here’s your opportunity to become an advocate for consumers! The Food and Drug Administration continually seeks input from consumers on scientific and medical issues by including Consumer Representatives on Agency advisory committees.
Participation as a Consumer Representative requires a modest time commitment. Travel expenses are paid and representatives receive reasonable compensation.
Consumer Representatives serve as Special Government Employees on a committee for up to a four-year term. Committees meet 1-3 times annually for 1-2 days. All meetings are held in the Washington, D.C. area. Members receive per-diem and travel expenses and are paid at a GS-15/10 hourly rate for the days attending a meeting.
Consumer Representatives provide the perspective of consumers to advisory committees and do not represent their own personal expertise. Their role is to:
Represent the consumer perspective on issues and actions before the advisory committee;
Serve as a liaison between the committee and interested consumers, associations, coalitions, and consumer organizations; and, Facilitate dialogue with the advisory committees on scientific issues that affect consumers.
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