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ConsumerBell loves making safety easier and getting accurate information whever possible, that’s why we enjoy working with all kinds of organizations, including government agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make information accessible for everyone. We’re working with FDA to find experienced people to serve as consumer representatives on their advisory committees, boards, and consumer organizations.

A consumer representative has an important role in FDA advisory committee deliberations. To qualify, he or she must be able to analyze scientific data, understand research design, discuss benefits and risks, and evaluate the safety and efficacy of products under review. It is also required that the representative have an affiliation with and/or active participation in consumer or community-based organizations.

Roles and Responsibilities:

•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.
•Facilitate dialogue with the advisory committees on scientific issues that affect consumers.

If you would like to nominate a colleague or yourself, please forward the following information to the address listed below.

•a cover letter,
•acurriculum vitae or resumé (including the nominee’s home and business address, telephone number, and e-mail), and
•a name of the consumer or community-based organization(s) for which you can demonstrate active participation.

Send Correspondence to:

Doreen L. Brandes, Outreach Coordinator
Advisory Committee Oversight and Management Staff
Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Bldg. 32, Room 5122
Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002

Or e-mail your information to: cv@oc.fda.gov


Consumer Representative Vacancies


Allergen Products

  • Knowledgeable in the field of allergenic extracts that are used for the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases such as allergic rhinitis (‘‘hay fever’’), allergic sinusitis, allergic conjunctivitis, bee venom allergy, and food allergy.

Peripheral and Central Nervous Systems

  • Knowledgeable in the fields of neurology, neuropharmacology, neuropathology, otolaryngology, epidemiology or statistics, and related specialties.

Non-Prescription Drugs

  • Knowledgeable in the fields of internal medicine, family practice, clinical toxicology, clinical pharmacology, pharmacy, dentistry, and related specialties.

National Mammography Quality Assurance

  • Knowledgeable in clinical practice, research specialization, or professional work that has a significant focus on mammography.

Certain Panels of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee:

Ear, Nose and Throat Devices Panel

  • Knowledgeable in issues of safety and efficacy related to implantable middle ear amplification devices.

Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Toxicology Devices

  • Knowledgeable in the fields of clinical chemistry and toxicology in vitro diagnostic devices (IVDs); clinical use of related IVDs in laboratories and in home; data concerning safety and effectiveness of related IVDs for clinical use in diseases/disorders/conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, endocrine disorders, women’s health, drug abuse, therapeutic drug monitoring, and general chemistry conditions.

Microbiology Devices Panel

  • Knowledgeable in infectious and pulmonary disease, pediatric infectious diseases, tropical diseases, and clinical microbiology.



Serving as a consumer representative is a very important role and takes a special person but can be very rewarding. ConsumerBell is helping spread the word to get as many qualified candidates to the table.


If you or a colleague think you have what it takes to become a candidate for the vacant positions, follow the instructions above and send application materials to the addresses listed.


At ConsumerBell we love making safety easier, connecting consumers, and finding great products and services. We hope to facilitate your role in making safety easier too.