gists, and other experts concerned with and experienced in measuring the head and facial features of persons.


The committee’s first meeting was held on November 3-4, 2005. During the course of that meeting, the committee became acquainted with each other and with their charge. They also heard from the sponsor regarding their view on the study.

A second meeting of the committee was held on December 8-9, 2005. The committee used this meeting to gain a deeper understanding of the sponsor’s perspectives on the study of the potential impact the revised panel will have on outside parties.

Following that second meeting, the work of that committee was put on hold, so that several members of that committee and the Academies staff could answer an urgent request from the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the potential reusability of respirators (see the IOM report Reusability of Facemasks During an Influenza Pandemic: Facing the Flu, 2006). During this interim period, the committee continued to communicate via e-mail and discuss questions central to their statement of task.

The committee’s work resumed on July 10-11, 2006, with a meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During this meeting the committee heard from respirator manufacturers and the sponsor. Additionally, the committee was given the opportunity to tour the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratories (NPPTL).

The committee’s final meeting was held in Irvine, California, on August 23-24, 2006. This served as a writing meeting for the committee wherein they came to consensus on their conclusions and recommendations and the structure of the report.

Agendas for the open meetings are provided in Boxes A-1 through A-3.

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