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Draft “Guidance for Industry: Premarket Notifications [510(k)s] for In Vitro HIV Drug Resistance Genotype Assays;” Availability

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

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ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft document entitled “Guidance for Industry: Premarket Notifications [510(k)s] for In Vitro HIV Drug Resistance Genotype Assays” dated August 2001. In Vitro HIV Drug Resistance Genotype Assays are Class III devices that FDA is considering reclassifying as Class II, with special controls. This document describes such special controls, in draft, which would be intended to assist manufacturers of In Vitro HIV Drug Resistance Genotype Assays to file premarket notifications [510(k)s] instead of premarket approval applications (PMAs) for this device.

DATES:

Submit written or electronic comments on the draft guidance to ensure their adequate consideration in preparation of the final document by October 29, 2001. General comments on agency guidance documents are welcome at any time.

ADDRESSES:

Submit written requests for single copies of the draft guidance to the Office of Communication, Training, and Manufacturers Assistance (HFM-40), Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852-1448. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist the office in processing your requests. The document may also be obtained by mail by calling the CBER Voice Information System at 1-800-835-4709 or 301-827-1800, or by fax by calling the FAX Information System at 1-888-CBER-FAX or 301-827-3844. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the draft guidance document.

Submit written comments on the document to the Dockets Management Branch (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Submit electronic comments to http://www.fda.gov/​dockets/​ecomments.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Nathaniel L. Geary, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (HFM-17), Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852-1448, 301-827-6210.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

FDA is announcing the availability of a draft document entitled “Guidance for Industry: Premarket Notifications [510(k)s] for In Vitro HIV Drug Resistance Genotype Assays” dated August 2001. These devices are currently Class III devices. FDA is considering reclassification of HIV Drug Resistance Assays as Class II devices subject to special controls. After such reclassification, this guidance, when final, would serve as a special control for these devices.

This draft guidance is being issued consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). This draft guidance document represents the agency's current thinking on special controls for HIV Drug Resistance Genotype Assays. 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 requirement of the applicable statutes and regulations.

II. Comments

This draft document is being distributed for comment purposes only and is not intended for implementation at this time. Interested persons may submit to the Dockets Management Branch (address above) written or electronic comments regarding this draft guidance document. Submit written or electronic comments to ensure adequate consideration in preparation of the final document by October 29, 2001. Two copies of any comments are to be submitted, except individuals may submit one copy. Comments should be identified with the docket number found in the brackets in the heading of this document. A copy of the document and received comments are available for public examination in the Dockets Management Branch between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

III. Electronic Access

Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the document at http://www.fda.gov/​cber/​guidelines.htm or http://www.fda.gov/​ohrms/​dockets/​default.htm.

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Dated: August 20, 2001.

Margaret M. Dotzel,

Associate Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 01-21734 Filed 8-28-01; 8:45 am]

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