About FDA Scientific Advisory Committee Meetings
FDA Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) Meetings are public meetings that are convened by the US Food and Drug Administration to hear expert opinions from a specific field of research (i.e. cardiology), public opinion (patient groups and clinical trial participants) and physicians’ experience.
12 Key Facts About FDA Scientific Advisory Committees
- FDA Advisory committees are often referred to as FDA AdComms.
- FDA decides whether to bring a matter to an advisory committee. Some of the factors FDA considers when making the decision are:
- Is the matter at issue of such significant public interest that it would be highly beneficial to obtain the advice of an advisory committee as part of the agency’s regulatory decision-making process?
- Is the matter at issue so controversial that it would be highly beneficial to obtain the advice of an advisory committee as part of the agency’s regulatory decision-making process?
- Is there a special type of expertise that an advisory committee could provide that is needed for the agency to fully consider a matter?