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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comments Requested: Application for Registration, Application for Registration Renewal, Affidavit for Chain Renewal, Application for Modification of Registration for Online Pharmacies DEA Forms 224, 224a, 224b, 224c


60 Day Notice Of Information Collection Under Review.


The Department of Justice (DOJ), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until October 14, 2011. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10.

If you have comments, especially on the estimated public burden or associated response time, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions or additional information, please contact John W. Partridge, Chief, Liaison and Policy Section, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration, 8701 Morrissette Drive, Springfield, VA 22152; (202) 307-7297.

Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points:

  • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;
  • Evaluate the accuracy of the agencies' estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
  • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
  • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

Overview of information collection 1117-0014:

(1) Type of Information Collection: Extension of a currently approved collection.

(2) Title of the Form/Collection: Application for Registration; Application for Registration Renewal; Affidavit for Chain Renewal; Application for Modification of Registration for Online Pharmacies.

(3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Justice sponsoring the collection:

Form Number: DEA Forms 224, 224a, 224b, 224c.

Component: Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Department of Justice.

(4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract:

Primary: Business or other for-profit.

Other: Not-for-profit institutions; State, local, or tribal government.

Abstract: All firms and individuals who dispense controlled substances must register with the DEA under the Controlled Substances Act. Pharmacies wishing to be online pharmacies must apply to modify their registrations. Such registration is mandatory under the law and needed for control measures over legal handlers of controlled substances and to monitor their activities.

(5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond:

Number of annual respondents Average time per response Total annual hours
* In total, 68 chain pharmacies represent 36,490 individual pharmacy registrants. Pharmacies register for a three-year registration period. In calendar year 2010, the year for which estimates are calculated, 23 chains registered 22,780 individual pharmacies.
DEA-224 (paper) 5,465 0.2 hours (12 minutes) 1,093
DEA-224 (electronic) 75,342 0.13 hours (8 minutes) 10,045.6
DEA-224a (paper) 66,006 0.2 hours (12 minutes) 792,072
DEA-224a (electronic) 311,300 0.07 hours (4 minutes) 20,753.333
DEA-224b (chain renewal) * 23 5 hours 115
DEA-224c 0 0.25 hours (15 minutes) 0
Total 458,136 824,078.93

(6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: It is estimated that there are 824,079 annual burden hours associated with this collection.

If additional information is required contact: Jerri Murray, Department Clearance Officer, Policy and Planning Staff, Justice Management Division, Department of Justice, Two Constitution Square, 145 N Street, NE., Suite 2E-508, Washington, DC 20530.

Jerri Murray,

Department Clearance Officer, PRA, U.S. Department of Justice.

[FR Doc. 2011-20625 Filed 8-12-11; 8:45 am]


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