The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requests comments on draft guidance titled “Minimizing Risk for Children’s Toy Laser Products.” According to FDA, the document is intended to “inform manufacturers of laser products, FDA headquarters and field personnel, and the public of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health’s (CDRH) proposed approach on the safety of toy laser products.” Comments are requested by November 5, 2013.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration schedules a September 9-10, 2013, Pediatric Ethics Subcommittee meeting, in Silver Springs, Maryland. The subcommittee advises and makes recommendations to FDA’s Pediatric Advisory Committee and will discuss “ethical issues in pediatric product development, including medical counter measures, focusing on the concepts of minimal risk, disorder or condition, and exposure of pediatric subjects to risks under 21 CFR 50.54.” Those wishing to speak must provide notice of their intent to do so by August 30, and written comments are requested by September 9.