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Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call the CDC Reports Clearance Officer on (404) 498-1210.

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Send comments to Anne O'Connor, CDC Assistant Reports Clearance Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D24, Atlanta, GA 30333. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.Start Printed Page 10482

Proposed Project

Performance Evaluation Program for Rapid HIV Testing—New—Public Health Practice Program Office (PHPPO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

To support our mission of improving public health and preventing disease through continuously improving laboratory practices, the Model Performance Evaluation Program (MPEP), Division of Laboratory Systems, Public Health Practice Program Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention intends to provide a new HIV rapid testing performance evaluation program (HIV Rapid Testing MPEP). This program will offer external performance evaluation (PE) for rapid tests such as the OraQuick® Rapid HIV-1 Antibody Test, recently approved as a waived test by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and for other licensed tests such as the Abbott-Murex SUDS® HIV-1 Test. Participation in PE programs is expected to lead to improved HIV testing performance because participants have the opportunity to identify areas for improvement in testing practices. This program will help to ensure accurate testing as a basis for development of HIV prevention and intervention strategies.

This external quality assessment program will be made available at no cost (for receipt of sample panels) to sites performing rapid testing for HIV antibodies. This program will offer laboratories/testing sites an opportunity for:

(1) Assuring that the laboratories/testing sites are providing accurate tests through external quality assessment.

(2) Improving testing quality through self-evaluation in a non-regulatory environment.

(3) Testing well characterized samples from a source outside the test kit manufacturer.

(4) Discovering potential testing problems so that laboratories/testing sites can adjust procedures to eliminate them.

(5) Comparing individual laboratory/testing site results to others at a national and international level, and consulting with CDC staff to discuss testing issues.

Participants in the MPEP HIV Rapid Testing program will be required to complete a laboratory practices questionnaire survey annually. In addition, participants will be required to submit results twice/year after testing mailed performance evaluation samples. The estimated annualized cost to respondents is $2,625.00.

FormsNumber of respondentsFrequency of responsesAverage burden/response (in hours)Total burden (in hours)
HIV Rapid Testing Questionnaire300115/6075
HIV Rapid Testing Results Booklet300210/60100
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Dated: February 27, 2003.

Thomas Bartenfeld,

Acting Associate Director for Policy, Planning and Evaluation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 03-5120 Filed 3-4-03; 8:45 am]