FDA to Hold Public Meeting on Scope of EIS


The FDA will hold a public meeting on April 4 to discuss the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the produce safety proposed rule and is extending the public scoping period to April 18, 2014.

The meeting is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. in the Wiley Auditorium at the Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building in College Park, Md. The webcast portion of the event will begin at 2 p.m. EST.

The purpose of this public meeting is to discuss the scope of the EIS for the proposed rule to establish standards for growing, harvesting, packing and holding of produce for human consumption. The FDA is holding a public scoping meeting as part of ongoing efforts to seek public input on the issues and alternatives that should be considered when preparing the EIS. The purpose of the public meeting is to inform the public of the provisions of the proposed rule that may significantly affect the quality of the human environment and anticipated alternatives the FDA plans to consider in the EIS; to provide information about the EIS process (including how to submit comments, data and other information to the rulemaking docket); to solicit oral stakeholder and public comments on the scope of the EIS; and to respond to questions about the EIS.

Public meeting attendees are encouraged to register online or contact Rick Williams at 410-316-2377 or RWilliams@jmt.com. Early registration is recommended because seating is limited. On-site registration will be accepted, as space permits, after all preregistered attendees are seated. In addition, the meeting will be webcasted. On-site attendees should note that parking spaces are extremely limited at the Wiley Building.

For general questions about the meeting, to request an opportunity to make an oral presentation, and/or to request special accommodations due to a disability, contact Cynthia Wise at 240-402-1357 or cynthia.wise@fda.hhs.gov. Visit www.fda.gov for more information.

Registration & Additional Information
  Register Online
  Federal Register Notice for the Public Meeting
  Fact Sheet on the Proposed Rule for Produce Safety

Please note the following important dates:
  March 28, 2014: Closing date for request to make oral comment
  March 28, 2014: Closing date to request special accommodation due to a disability
  March 28, 2014: Closing date for advance registration
  April 18, 2014: Closing date to submit either electronic or written comments to FDA's Division of Dockets Management. See Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0921 on www.regulations.gov.