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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.

Proposed Project: Importation and Shipping of Etiologic Agents (42 CFR 71.54 and part 72) OMB Control No. 0920-0199—Extension—Office of the Director (OD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The importation of etiological agents, hosts, and vectors of human disease are regulated by 42 CFR 71.54 and requires that the importation of such materials must be accompanied by a permit issued by the CDC. Interstate shipment of etiologic agents are regulated by 42 CFR part 72. This regulation establishes minimal packaging requirements for all viable micro-organisms, illustrates the appropriate shipping label, and provides reporting instructions regarding damaged packages and failure to receive a shipment. This request is for the information collection requirements contained in 42 CFR 71.54, 72.3(e), 72.3(f), and 72.4 which relate to the importation and interstate shipment of etiologic agents. Respondents include laboratory facilities such as those operated by government agencies, universities, research institutions, and commercial entities. The only cost to respondents is their time to complete the application for permit to import form and report problems with shipment of etiologic agents.

CFR sectionNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAvg. burden per response (in hrs.)Total burden hours
72.54 Application Permit2,000120/60666
72.3(e) Damaged Package5016/605
72.3(f) Shipping Requirement2001012/60400
72.4 Failure to Receive20112/604
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Dated: April 7, 2003.

Thomas Bartenfeld,

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

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[FR Doc. 03-9018 Filed 4-11-03; 8:45 am]