Food and Drug Administration, HHS.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing information collection, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information collection requirements for mammography facilities, standards, and lay summaries for patients.
Submit written comments on the collection of information by September 15, 2000.
Submit written comments on the collection of information to the Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. All comments should be identified with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Peggy Schlosburg, Office of Information Resources Management (HFA-250), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-1223.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Under 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 provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, FDA is publishing notice of the proposed collection of information set forth in this document.
With respect to the following collection of information, FDA invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of FDA's functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of FDA's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques, when appropriate, and other forms of information technology.
Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Mammography Facilities—21 CFR Part 900 (OMB Control Number 0910-0309)—Extension
Public Law 102-539, the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 (MQSA) (42 U.S.C. 263b) as amended by the Mammography Quality Standards Reauthorization Act (MQSRA) of 1998 (Public Law 105-248) establishes the authority for a Federal certification and inspection program for mammography facilities; regulations and standards for accreditation bodies for mammography facilities; and standards for mammography equipment, personnel, and practices, including quality assurance. MQSRA extended the life of the MQSA program for 4 years from its original expiration date of 1998 until 2002, and also modified some of the provisions. The most significant modification from a report and recordkeeping viewpoint under 21 CFR 900.12(c)(2) was that mammography facilities were required to send a lay summary of each examination to the patient.
FDA, under this regulation, collects information from accreditation bodies and mammography facilities by requiring each accreditation body to submit an application for approval and to establish a quality assurance program. On the basis of accreditation, facilities are certified by FDA and must prominently display their certificate. FDA uses the information to ensure that private, nonprofit organizations or State agencies meet the standards established by FDA for accreditation bodies to accredit facilities that provide mammography services. Information collected from mammography facilities has also been used to ensure that the personnel, equipment, and quality systems has and continues to meet the regulations under MQSA and will be used by patients to manage their health care properly. The intent of these regulations is to assure safe, reliable, and accurate mammography on a nationwide level. The most likely respondents to this information collection will be accreditation bodies and mammography facilities seeking certification.
FDA estimates the burden of this collection of information as follows:
|21 CFR Section||No. of Respondents||Annual Frequency per Response||Total Annual Responses||Hours per Response||Total Hours||Total Capital Costs||Total Operating & Maintenance Costs|
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|21 CFR Section||No. of Recordkeepers||Annual Frequency per Recordkeeping||Total Annual Records||Hours per Recordkeeper||Total Hours||Total Operating & Maintenance Costs|
|1 There are no capital costs associated with this collection of information.|
All costs of implementing requirements for certification of mammography facilities will be borne by accreditation bodies; the incremental costs that accreditation bodies will face are not expected to be significant. The collection's burden is based upon the estimated number of summaries received by FDA, which in turn is based on the estimated number of examinations expected to be performed in a given year. If mammography examinations increase in number in subsequent years, which is expected for at least the foreseeable future, the annual burden and costs to meet this requirement will increase.
Included in the burden estimate is the FDA estimate for mammography lay summaries, which is the practice of notifying the patient in layman's terms of the results of the patient's mammography examination. FDA estimates that there are 9,800 facilities performing mammography in the United States. FDA also estimates that those facilities perform a total of 40 million mammography examinations in a year. In 90 percent of these cases, the notification to the patient can be established by a brief standardized letter to the patient. FDA estimates that preparing and sending this letter will take approximately 5 minutes. In the 10 percent of the cases in which there is a finding of “Suspicious” or “Highly suggestive of malignancy,” the facility is required to make reasonable attempts to ensure that the results are communicated to the patients as soon as possible. FDA believes that this requirement can be met by a 5 minute call from the health professional to the patient.Start Signature
Dated: July 10, 2000.
William K. Hubbard,
Senior Associate Commissioner for Policy, Planning, and Legislation.
[FR Doc. 00-17944 Filed 7-14-00; 8:45 am]
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