"I am posting this testimony, because there has been little information available about the upcoming CFSAC meeting. In the testimony I say that the CFSAC hasn't announced the new members and Chairman or the agenda. That was true when I wrote it--there was nothing on the website until shortly after the deadline for submitting written testimony. All of the information is there now. CFSAC did not adhere to its own stated deadline to post the agenda by June 4. This failure made it impossible for people to respond to the specific issues on the agenda in their written testimony. Also, we have no information about what expertise the new members bring to CFSAC, so we don't know how much we have to educate them to bring them up to speed. My testimony, as always, does not address all the important issues. There is not enough room in five pages of written testimony, or in five minutes of oral testimony, to address all the issues. By posting this testimony early on the internet, it is my hope that other people who may be providing testimony in person at the meeting will be able to elaborate on these thoughts and/or address other extremely important areas of concern. Because the definition issue is an agenda item on the afternoon of the second day, I think it is important that everyone who provides testimony in any form include at least a simple statement that both the empiric and Fukuda definitions are not acceptable definitions, and that patients support the Canadian and International Consensus definitions."