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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Focus Groups as Used by the Food and Drug Administration

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Food and Drug Administration, HHS.




The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that a proposed collection of information has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.


Fax written comments on the collection of information by April 2, 2004.


OMB is still experiencing significant delays in the regular mail, including first class and express mail, and messenger deliveries are not being accepted. To ensure that comments on the information collection are received, OMB recommends that written comments be faxed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: Fumie Yokota, Desk Officer for FDA, FAX: 202-395-6974.

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JonnaLynn P. Capezzuto, Office of Management Programs (HFA-250), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-4659.

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In compliance with 44 U.S.C. 3507, FDA has submitted the following proposed collection of information to OMB for review and clearance.

Focus Groups as Used by the Food and Drug Administration—(OMB Control Number 0910-0497)—Extension

FDA will collect and use information gathered through the focus group vehicle. This information will be used to develop programmatic proposals, and as such, compliments other important research findings to develop these proposals. Focus groups provide an important role in gathering information because they allow for a more in depth understanding of consumers' attitudes, beliefs, motivations, and feelings than quantitative studies.

Also, information from these focus groups will be used to develop policy and redirect resources, when necessary, to our constituents. If this information is not collected, a vital link in information gathering by FDA to develop policy and programmatic proposals will be missed causing further delays in policy and program development.

FDA estimates the burden for completing the forms for this collection of information in table 1 of this document. The total annual estimated burden imposed by this collection of information is 2,830 hours annually.

Annually, FDA projects about 28 focus group studies using 186 focus groups lasting an average of 1.78 hours each. FDA has allowed burden for unplanned focus groups to be completed so as not to restrict the agency's ability to gather information on public sentiment for its proposals in its regulatory as well as other programs.

In the Federal Register of November 24, 2003 (68 FR 65938), FDA published a 60-day notice requesting public comment on the information collection provisions. No comments were received.

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Table 1.—Estimated Annual Reporting Burden1

CenterSubjectNo. of Focus Groups per StudyNo. of Focus Groups Sessions Conducted AnnuallyNo. of Participants per GroupHours of Duration for Each Group (includes screeningTotal Hours
Center for Biologics Evaluation and ResearchMay use focus groups when appropriate1591.5871
Center for Drug Evaluation and ResearchVaries (e.g., direct-to-consumer Rx drug promotion, physician labeling of Rx drugs, medication guides, over-the-counter drug labeling, risk communication1010091.581,422
Center for Devices and RadiologicalVaries (e.g., FDA Seal of Approval, patient labeling, tampons, on-line sales of medical products, latex gloves41692.08300
Center for Food Safety and Applied NutritionVaries (e.g., food safety, nutrition, dietary supplements, consumer education)84091.58569
Center for Veterinary MedicineVaries (e.g., animal nutrition, supplements, labeling of animal Rx)52592.08468
1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
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Dated: February 19, 2004.

Jeffrey Shuren,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 04-4655 Filed 3-2-04; 8:45 am]