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WORLD TRADE CENTER HEALTH EFFECTS

Statement from WTC Program Administrator John Howard, M.D.

We recognize how personal the issue of cancer and all of the health conditions related to the World Trade Center tragedy are to 9/11 responders, survivors and their loved ones... more

World Trade Center Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee

What is the role of the WTCHP-STAC?

The WTCHP-STAC will review scientific and medical evidence and make recommendations to the WTC Program Administrator on additional program eligibility criteria and additional health conditions for program inclusion.

How often will the committee meet?

The second meeting of the committee will be held in New York City February 15th and 16th. The frequency of committee meetings shall be determined by the WTC Program Administrator based on program needs. Meetings may occur up to four times a year.

Who decides the make-up of the committee?

Section 3302(a)(1) of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (the Act) establishes that the WTCHP-STAC will review scientific and medical evidence and make recommendations to the WTC Program Administrator on additional program eligibility criteria and additional health conditions for program inclusion. The committee will be consulted on other matters as related to and outlined in the Act at the discretion of the WTC Program Administrator. In accordance with Public Law 111-347, Section 3302(a)(2), the WTC Program Administrator will appoint the members of the committee and include at least:

  • 4 occupational physicians, at least two of whom have experience treating WTC rescue and recovery workers;
  • 1 physician with expertise in pulmonary medicine;
  • 2 environmental medicine or environmental health specialists;
  • 2 representatives of WTC responders;
  • 2 representatives of certified-eligible WTC survivors;
  • 1 industrial hygienist;
  • 1 toxicologist;
  • 1 epidemiologist; and, at least
  • 1 mental health professional.

Other members may be appointed at the discretion of the WTC Program Administrator.

Are the committee members paid for their role on the panel?

Special Government Employee members are paid the Special Government Employee rate of $250 per day, and travel costs and per diem are included and based on the Federal Travel Regulations.

How long do individuals serve on the committee?

A WTCHP-STAC member's term appointment may last up to four years. If a vacancy occurs, the WTC Program Administrator may appoint a new member who represents the same interest as the predecessor. WTCHP-STAC members may be appointed to successive terms.

 

 

 
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