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STOP Statement of Acceptance and Declaration of Impartiality and Independence

Before making a panelist appointment, the Center checks with each prospective panelist whether there are any facts or circumstances, past or present, or that could arise in the foreseeable future, that might call in to question that person's independence in the eyes of one or both of the parties in the administrative proceeding.

Taking into consideration the envisioned procedural schedule in a case, the Center also checks whether the prospective panelist is able to commit the time required to discharge his or her duties responsibly and within the required deadlines.

Finally, the Center requires all prospective panelists to complete and submit a STOP Statement of Acceptance and Declaration of Impartiality and Independence (download the word document).

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