WTC Health Program: Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC): Meetings

Meetings are based on program needs and the Administrator of the WTC Health Program determines when the STAC meetings will occur.

The agendas, presentations materials, and transcripts from the meetings can be found in the STAC Docket.

Upcoming Meetings

June 2, 2016
Jacob K. Javits Federal Building
26 Federal Plaza New York, NY
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Connecting to the meeting This meeting is open to the public. This meeting will be available via telephone and Web conference and it is limited only by the number of ports available. To access the audio portion of the meeting, you must dial 1–888–606–8411 and enter the following participant code: 5064451. To view the web conference, enter the following web address in your web browser
or click: https://odniosh.adobeconnect.com/wtchpstac/.

  • Federal Register Notice
    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-12/pdf/2016-11141.pdf 

  • Agenda
    Agenda for June 2, 2016 meeting
    (1 page, 224 KB)

  • Items for Discussion

    The Administrator of the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program will convene a meeting of the Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) on June 2, 2016. This meeting will address new legal requirements from the Program’s reauthorization on December 18, 2015. These changes include:

    • Before issuing a final rule to add a condition to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions (List) eligible for coverage by the Program, the WTC Health Program must now provide for an independent peer review of the scientific and technical evidence that would be the basis for issuing the final rule. The Program must seek recommendations from the STAC on the identification of people to conduct the required independent peer reviews.
    • The STAC must also review and evaluate the policies and procedures that the Program uses to determine if sufficient evidence exists to support the addition of a health condition to the List.

    For the first requirement, the Administrator will ask the STAC to make recommendations on the identification of independent peer reviews. Recommendations to the Administrator may include the identification of specific individuals and/or a process to identify independent peer reviewers.

    For the second requirement, the Administrator will ask the STAC to make recommendations on the Program’s two current policies and procedures on how it determines whether to add a health condition to the List. One policy and procedure is for types of cancers and the other one is for non-cancer conditions. (To read these policies and procedures, please click on the links in the “Items for Discussion” section below.)

    The policies and procedures currently in place have recently been updated, with an effective date of May 11, 2016, but are very similar to past versions. Updated content includes the information about the newly required peer review process. Other, minor revisions were made to more closely align the two policies and procedures and to clarify specific steps in the process. While the Program’s reauthorization directs the completion of an independent peer review prior to the issuance of a final rule, the reauthorization does not establish additional requirements for how the peer review is conducted or how the Program determines whether to add a condition to the List. Recommendations to the Administrator may include comments on any and/or all parts of the two policies and procedures.

    Policy and Procedures for Adding Non-Cancer Conditions To the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions
    (8 pages, 343 KB)

    Policy and Procedures for Adding Types of Cancer To the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions
    (8 pages, 458 KB)

  • Public Comment Time and Sign-Up Information

    9:20 a.m.–9:50 a.m (Eastern Standard Time)

    Please note that the public comment period ends at the time indicated above or following the last call for comments, whichever is earlier. Each commenter will be provided up to five minutes for comment. A limited number of time slots are available and will be assigned on a first come-first served basis. Written comments will also be accepted from those unable to attend the public session.

    Members of the public who want to comment must sign up by providing their name and contact information by mail, email, or telephone, at the addresses provided below, by May 29, 2016:

    Mail: NIOSH Docket Office, Robert A.
    Taft Laboratories, MS–C–34, 4676
    Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio
    45226.

    Email: nioshdocket@cdc.gov.

    Telephone: (513) 533–8611

    Written comments may be submitted. The comments should be limited to two pages and submitted through http://www.regulations.gov by May 29, 2016. Efforts will be made to provide the two-page written comments received by the deadline above to the committee members before the meeting. Comments in excess of two pages will be made publicly available at http://www.regulations.gov.

Previous Meetings

March 22, 2016
Teleconference Meeting of the Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Connecting to the meeting This meeting is open to the public. This meeting will be available via telephone and Web conference and it is limited only by the number of ports available. To access the audio portion of the meeting, you must dial 1–800-988-0221 and enter the following participant code: 4534900. To access the video portion of the meeting, you must go to Live Meeting at this link.

  • Federal Register Notice
    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-02-25/pdf/2016-03932.pdf 

  • Agenda
    Agenda for March 22, 2016 meeting
    (1 page, 103 KB)

  • Presentations
    Report of the Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee’s Children's Research Workgroup
    (13 pages, 183 KB)

  • Public Comment Time and Sign-Up Information

    1:30 p.m.–2 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

    Please note that the public comment period ends at the time indicated above or following the last call for comments, whichever is earlier. Each commenter will be provided up to five minutes for comment. A limited number of time slots are available and will be assigned on a first come-first served basis. Written comments will also be accepted from those unable to attend the public session.

    Members of the public who want to comment must sign up by providing their name and contact information by mail, email, or telephone, at the addresses provided below, by March 18, 2016:

    Mail: NIOSH Docket Office, Robert A.
    Taft Laboratories, MS–C–34
    1090 Tusculum Ave
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45226.

    Email: nioshdocket@cdc.gov.

    Telephone: (513) 533–8611

    Written comments may be submitted. The comments should be limited to two pages and submitted through http://www.regulations.gov by March 18, 2016. Efforts will be made to provide the two-page written comments received by the deadline below to the committee members before the meeting. Comments in excess of two pages will be made publicly available at http://www.regulations.gov.

December 1, 2015
Jacob K. Javits Federal Building
26 Federal Plaza New York, NY
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

To view the web conference, enter the following web address in your web browser
or click: https://odniosh.adobeconnect.com/wtchpstac/.

  • Federal Register Notice
    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-21/pdf/2015-26759.pdf 

  • Agenda
    Agenda for December 1, 2015 meeting
    (1 page, 141 KB)

  • Transcript
    Transcript from December 1, 2015 meeting
    (104 pages, 519 KB)

  • Public Comment Time and Sign-Up Information

    11:20 a.m.–12 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

    Please note that the public comment period ends at the time indicated above or following the last call for comments, whichever is earlier. Each commenter will be provided up to five minutes for comment. A limited number of time slots are available and will be assigned on a first come-first served basis. Written comments will also be accepted from those unable to attend the public session.

    Members of the public who want to comment must sign up by providing their name and contact information by mail, email, or telephone, at the addresses provided below, by November 27, 2015:

    Mail: NIOSH Docket Office, Robert A.
    Taft Laboratories, MS–C–34, 4676
    Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio
    45226.

    Email: nioshdocket@cdc.gov.

    Telephone: (513) 533–8611

    Written comments may be submitted. The comments should be limited to two pages and submitted through http://www.regulations.gov by November 27, 2015. Efforts will be made to provide the two-page written comments received by the deadline below to the committee members before the meeting. Comments in excess of two pages will be made publicly available at http://www.regulations.gov.

June 4, 2015
Jacob K. Javits Federal Building
26 Federal Plaza New York, NY
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

The USA toll-free, dial-in number is 1–888–810–6754, and when prompted enter passcode—1908415.

To view the web conference, enter the following web address in your web browser
or click: https://odniosh.adobeconnect.com/wtcstacjune4/.

February 14, 2014
Teleconference Meeting of the Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Meeting Archives

Note: The links below will take you to the STAC Docket where the agenda, presentations, and transcripts from each meeting are posted.

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