Notice of Meeting - White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy

The Federal Register: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY: Office of the Secretary White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy; Notice of Meeting Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is given of a meeting of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy.

The purpose of this public meeting is to convene the Commission to discuss possible Federal policy regarding complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The main focus of the meeting is the discussion of key issues before the Commission and the development of the Recommendations, Action Items, and the Draft Final Report of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. Major issue areas to be considered by the Commission prior to completion of its Final Report include the following Coordination of CAM Research; Access to and Delivery of CAM Practices and Products; Coverage and Reimbursement for CAM Practices and Products; Training and Education of Health Care Practitioners in CAM; Development and Dissemination of CAM Information for Health Care Providers and the Public; CAM in Wellness, Health Promotion, and Disease Prevention; Coordinating and Centralizing Private Sector and Federal Sector CAM Efforts; and the Definition of CAM and the Commission's Guiding Principles. Comments received at the meeting may be used by the Commission to prepare the Final Report of the President as required by the Executive Order.

Opportunities for oral statements by the public will be provided on February 22, from 3 p.m.-4 p.m. (Time approximate).

Name of Committee: The White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy.

Date: February 21-22, 2002.

Time: February 21 8 a.m.-6 p.m., February 22 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Place: Double Tree Hotel Rockville, Plaza I and II Conference Rooms, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, Telephone: 301-468-1100.

Contact Persons: Michele M. Chang, CMT, MPH, Executive Secretary, or Stephen C. Groth, Pharm.D., Executive Director, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Room 880, MSC-5467, Bethesda, MD 20892-5467, Phone: (301) 435-7592, Fax: (301) 480-1691, E-mail: [email protected]

Because of the need to obtain the views of the public on these issues as soon as possible and because of the deadline for the report required of the Commission, this notice is being provided at the earliest possible time.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy was established on March 7, 2000 by Presidential Executive Order 13147. The mission of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy is to provide a report, through the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, on legislative and administrative recommendations for assuring that public policy maximizes the benefits of complementary and alternative medicine to Americans.

Public Participation The meeting is open to the public with attendance limited by the availability of space on a first come, first served basis. Members of the public who wish to present oral comments may register by faxing a request to register at 301-480-1691 or by accessing the web site of the Commission at no later than February 12, 2002.

Oral comments will be limited to five minutes, three minutes to make a statement and two minutes to respond to questions from Commission members. Due to time constraints, only one representative from each organization will be allotted time for oral testimony. The number of speakers and the time allotted may also be limited by the number of registrants. Priority may be given to participants who have not yet addressed the Commission at previous meetings. All requests to register should include the name, address, telephone number, and business or professional affilation of the interested party, and should indicate the area of interest or issue to be addressed:

Any person attending the meeting who has not registered to speak in advance of the meeting will be allowed to make a brief oral statement during the time set aside for public comment if time permits, and at the Chairperson's discretion. Individuals unable to attend the meeting, or any interested parties, may send written comments by mail, fax, or electronically to the staff office of the Commission for inclusion in the public record.

When mailing or faxing written comments, please povide your comments, if possible, as an electronic version or on a diskette. Persons needing special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other special accommodations, should contact the Commission staff at the address or telephone number listed above no later than February 12, 2002.

Dated: January 18, 2002.

LaVerne Y. Stringfield, Director, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.

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