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Compliance Policy Guide; Radiofrequency Identification Feasibility Studies and Pilot Programs for Drugs; Notice To Extend Expiration Date


Notice; Extension Of Expiration Date.


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending the expiration date of compliance policy guide (CPG) Sec. 400.210 entitled “Radiofrequency Identification (RFID) Feasibility Studies and Pilot Programs for Drugs” to December 31, 2012.


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Connie Jung, Office of the Commissioner, Office of Policy, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 32, rm. 4254, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-4830.


In the Federal Register of November 17, 2004 (69 FR 67360), FDA announced the availability of CPG Sec. 400.210 entitled “Radiofrequency Identification (RFID) Feasibility Studies and Pilot Programs for Drugs.” Previous extensions of the expiration date of the CPG were published in 2007 and 2008 (72 FR 65750, November 23, 2007; 73 FR 78371, December 22, 2008). FDA has identified RFID as a promising technology to be used in the various efforts to combat counterfeit drugs. The CPG describes how the Agency intends to exercise its enforcement discretion regarding certain regulatory requirements that might otherwise be applicable to studies involving RFID technology for drugs. The goal of the CPG is to facilitate performance of RFID studies and to allow industry to gain experience with the use of RFID technology and its effect on the long-term safety and integrity of the U.S. drug supply.

On September 27, 2007, the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA) was signed into law. Section 913 of FDAAA addressed pharmaceutical safety and created section 505D of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD Act) (21 U.S.C. 355e). Section 505D(b) of the FD Act requires the development of standards for the identification, validation, authentication, and tracking and tracing of prescription drugs. Section 505D(b)(3) of the FD Act states that these new standards shall address promising technologies, which may include RFID technology.

In implementing section 505D of the FD&C Act, FDA is currently addressing issues, such as promising technologies, that are relevant also for the CPG. In addition, FDA is considering further the experience of stakeholders and the Agency under the CPG. As we consider all of these issues, the CPG will remain in effect until December 31, 2012.

Dated: December 17, 2010.

Leslie Kux,

Acting Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

[FR Doc. 2010-32274 Filed 12-22-10; 8:45 am]


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