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Notification of Request for Emergency Clearance; Modification of OMB No. 0925-0001/Exp. 2/01, “PHS 398 Research and Research Training Grant Applications and Related Forms”

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In accordance with section 3507(j) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) hereby publishes notification of a request for Emergency Clearance for modification of the information collection related to the National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Research Using Human Pluripotent Stem Cells, published elsewhere in today's Federal Register. The currently approved information collection OMB No. 0925-0001 permits the NIH to request from applicant institutions information related to application, award, and continued compliance with the terms of Federal assistance for research and research-related training. The approval also covers the information collection authorized in accordance with 42 CFR 52, specifically the obtaining of “[o]ther pertinent information the Secretary may require to evaluate the proposed project.” (42 CFR 52.4(f))

The final National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Research Using Pluripotent Stem Cells requires submission of additional documentation in the form of additional institutional records from a limited number of institutions to enable an independent panel of non-Government experts to ascertain institutional compliance with the Guidelines. Compliance with the requirements of existing law and regulations is authorized under OMB No. 0925-0418, Exp. 1/01, “Protection of Human Subjects: Assurance Identification/Certification/Declaration.”

The present modification relates to the added reporting requirement of submission of documentation to permit the agency to exercise the oversight responsibility established under the Guidelines.

This modification is essential to the mission of NIH (42 USC 241 and 282(b)) and is of the highest scientific priority as determined by both internal review and external review by a panel of scientific and other experts in the field of stem cell research. After extensive consultation with the public and a public meeting, the NIH published proposed National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Research Using Human Pluripotent Stem Cells in the Federal Register on December 2 , 1999 (Federal Register, Vol. 64, No. 231, pages 67576-67579). The comment period was extended to February 22, 2000. (Federal Register, February 3, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 23, page 539). Following the period of comment, NIH has proceeded to finalize the Guidelines, which are published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.

These Guidelines are essential to ensure that NIH-funded research in this area is conducted in an ethical and legal manner. The NIH has determined that the oversight process stipulated in the Guidelines will achieve this objective. The Guidelines will require that institutions requesting or using NIH funds for research using human pluripotent stem cells submit additional documentation to the NIH in the form of institutional records that will permit NIH oversight in accordance with the Guidelines.

NIH has taken all practicable steps to consult with the scientific community and the public, through the process described above and through the careful consideration of all comments received from the public.

In view of the extensive period of comment and the thorough consideration of all views, both prior to the publication of the proposed Guidelines in December 1999 and subsequently, NIH is herewith requesting that OMB approve the modification of the collection of information simultaneously with the publication of the Federal Register Start Printed Page 51982notice and the publication of the Guidelines in the Federal Register.

Proposed Collection

Title: Research and Research Training Grant Applications and Related Forms PHS-398 and PHS-2590.

Type of Information Collection Request: Revision.

Need and Use of Information Collection: The additional NEW reporting requirement is needed to ascertain compliance with the National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Research Using Human Pluripotent Stem Cells. PHS-398 and PHS-2590 are used to apply for research project grants, Research Career Awards (RCA), and Institutional National Research Service Awards (NRSA).

Frequency of Response: On occasion and annually.

Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-profit; not-for-profit institutions; Federal Government; and State, local or tribal government.

Type of Respondents: Research institutions.

The annual reporting burden was:

Estimated Number of Respondents: 111,482.

Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.05.

Average Burden Hours Per Response: 16.34.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: 1,913,166.

The NEW annual reporting burden is as follows:

Estimated Number of Respondents: 111,582.

Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.05.

Average Burden Hours Per Response: 16.33.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: 1,913,466.

There are no Capital Costs to report. There are no Operating or Maintenance Costs to report.

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The Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, D.C. 20503, Attention: Desk Officer for NIH.

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Dated: August 17, 2000.

Ruth L. Kirschstein,

Principal Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health.

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[FR Doc. 00-21761 Filed 8-23-00; 8:45 am]