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The primary focus of the EGAPP Project is an independent, non-federal Working Group established in April, 2005. The Working Group is currently composed of multidisciplinary experts in areas such as evidence-based review, clinical practice, public health, laboratory practice, genomics, epidemiology, economics, ethics, policy, and health technology assessment. The original Working Group members were selected from a pool of nominated individuals by a HHS interagency Steering Committee. The pool of nominees was solicited via organizations and individuals who received a recruitment notice by email, and could nominate candidates directly and/or distribute the message; the recruitment notice was also posted on the OPHG web site. Interested individuals could also self-nominate. Cover letters and CVs were reviewed by the EGAPP Steering Committee. Written reviews on each candidate were prepared by four Steering Committee members, then reviewed by a subcommittee and summarized for the full Steering Committee. Telephone interviews with 19 candidates selected by the Steering Committee, were completed and written reports were provided to the Steering Committee for evaluation. For the initial Working Group, eleven members were selected and announced in April, 2005 and two additional members were selected later in that year to fill identified gaps in experience and perspective. Since the initial Working Group formation; there has been a rolling membership based on Working Group need and members’ ability to serve.
Roles of the Working Group include:
- establishing methods and processes for evidence-based reviews and the development of recommendations;
- assist OPHG in prioritizing and selecting topics for evidence review;
- participating on technical expert panels for commissioned evidence reviews;
- developing recommendations based on the evidence; and
- publication of methods and experience
EGAPP Working Group members also serve on Technical Expert Panels (TEPs) established to advise the investigators conducting each specific evidence review.