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Draft Guidance for Industry: Submitting Food Canning Establishment Registration Form and Food Process Filing Forms to the Food and Drug Administration in Electronic or Paper Format; Availability

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance entitled “Guidance for Industry: Submitting Form FDA 2541 (Food Canning Establishment Registration) and Forms FDA 2541d, FDA 2541e, FDA 2541f, and FDA 2541g (Food Process Filing Forms) to FDA in Electronic or Paper Format.” The draft guidance is intended to alert stakeholders to changes we are planning for the administrative procedures currently used by commercial processors that manufacture, process, or pack acidified foods (AF) and/or thermally processed low-acid foods packaged in hermetically sealed containers (historically referred to as “low-acid canned foods” or “LACF”). These changes include new food process filing forms and a new “smart form” system for electronic submission of these forms. The draft guidance, when finalized, will supersede the July 2012 guidance entitled “Guidance for Industry: Submitting Form FDA 2541 (Food Canning Establishment Registration) and Forms FDA 2541a and FDA 2541c (Food Process Filing Forms) to FDA in Electronic or Paper Format” when the new food process filing forms and the new “smart form” electronic system become operational.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

Although you can comment on any guidance at any time (see 21 CFR 10.115 (g)(5)), to ensure that the Agency considers your comments on the draft guidance before it begins work on the final version of the guidance, submit electronic or written comments on the draft guidance by March 17, 2014.

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Submit electronic comments on the draft guidance to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments on the draft guidance to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Submit written requests for single copies of the draft guidance to the Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-302), Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740. Send two self-addressed adhesive labels to assist that office in processing your request. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the draft guidance.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Susan Brecher, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-302), Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740, 240-402-1781.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

I. Background Back to Top

We are announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled “Guidance for Industry: Submitting Form FDA 2541 (Food Canning Establishment Registration) and Forms FDA 2541d, FDA 2541e, FDA 2541f, and FDA 2541g (Food Process Filing Forms) to FDA in Electronic or Paper Format.” The draft guidance is intended to alert stakeholders to changes we are planning for the administrative procedures currently used by commercial processors that manufacture, process, or pack AF and/or LACF. These changes include new food process filing forms and a new “smart form” system for electronic submission of these forms. The draft guidance, when finalized, will supersede the current guidance entitled “Guidance for Industry: Submitting Form FDA 2541 (Food Canning Establishment Registration) and Forms FDA 2541a and FDA 2541c (Food Process Filing Forms) to FDA in Electronic or Paper Format” (Ref. 1) when the new food process filing forms and the new “smart form” electronic system become operational. We intend to update the process filing regulations in 21 CFR 108.25(c)(2) and 108.35(c)(2) to specify the new form numbers, and to provide information about how to access the online system for electronic submission of these forms, when the new system becomes operational, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The draft guidance is being issued consistent with our good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The draft guidance, when finalized, will represent our current thinking on this topic. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person and does not operate to bind FDA or the public. An alternative approach may be used if such approach satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations.

II. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 Back to Top

Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal Agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. “Collection of information” is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes Agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires Federal Agencies to publish notice in the Federal Register soliciting public comment on each proposed collection of information before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, we published a 60-day notice on the proposed collection of information in the Federal Register of September 18, 2013 (78 FR 57391).

III. Comments Back to Top

Interested persons may submit either electronic comments regarding the draft guidance to http://www.regulations.gov or written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES). It is only necessary to send one set of comments. Identify comments with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. Received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be posted to the docket at http://www.regulations.gov.

IV. Electronic Access Back to Top

Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the draft guidance at either http://www.fda.gov/FoodGuidances or at http://www.regulations.gov. Use the FDA Web site listed in the previous sentence to find the most current version of the draft guidance.

V. Reference Back to Top

The following reference has been placed on display in the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) and may be seen by interested persons between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is available electronically at http://www.regulations.gov. (FDA has verified the Web site address in this reference section, but we are not responsible for any subsequent changes to the Web sites after this document publishes in the Federal Register.)

1. FDA, 2012, Guidance for Industry: Submitting Form FDA 2541 (Food Canning Establishment Registration) and Forms FDA 2541a and FDA 2541c (Food Process Filing Forms) to FDA in Electronic or Paper Format.

Dated: January 8, 2014.

Leslie Kux,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

[FR Doc. 2014-00425 Filed 1-13-14; 8:45 am]

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