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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Evaluating the Safety of Antimicrobial New Animal Drugs With Regard to Their Microbiological Effects on Bacteria of Human Health Concerns

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Food and Drug Administration, HHS.




The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that the 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 August 1, 2005.


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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Denver Presley, Office of Management Programs (HFA-250), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, rm. 4B-41, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-1472.

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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.

Evaluating the Safety of Antimicrobial New Animal Drugs with Regard to Their Microbiological Effects on Bacteria of Human Health Concern (OMB Control Number 0910-0522)

In the Federal Register of January 6, 2005 (70 FR 1253), FDA published a 60-day notice requesting public comment on the information collection provisions. No comments were received on this information collection.

Description: This guidance discusses an approach for assessing the safety of antimicrobial new animal drugs with regard to their microbiological effects on bacteria of human health concern. In particular, the guidance describes methodology that sponsors of antimicrobial new animal drug applications for food-producing animals may use to complete a qualitative antimicrobial resistance risk assessment. This risk assessment should be submitted to FDA for the purposes of evaluating the safety of the new animal drug to human health. The guidance document outlines a process for integrating relevant information into an overall estimate of risk and discusses possible risk management strategies.

Table 1 of this document represents the estimated burden of meeting the reporting requirements. The burden Start Printed Page 37860estimates for these information collection requirements are based on information provided by the Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation, Center for Veterinary Medicine. The guidance document describes the type of information that should be collected by the drug sponsor when completing the antimicrobial resistance risk assessment. FDA will use the risk assessment and supporting information to evaluate the safety of original (21 CFR 514.1) or supplemental (21 CFR 514.8) NADAs for antimicrobial drugs intended for use in food-producing animals.

FDA estimates the burden of this collection of information as follows:

Table 1.—Estimated Annual Reporting Burden1

Antimicrobial Risk AssessmentsNo. of RespondentsAnnual Frequency of ResponseTotal Annual ResponsesHours per ResponseTotal Hours
Hazard Identification (initial scoping of issues; relevant bacteria, resistance determinants, food products; preliminary data gathering)1511530450
Release Assessment (literature review; review of research reports; data development; compilation, and presentation)101101,00010,000
Exposure Assessment (identifying and extracting consumption data; estimating probability of contamination on food product)10110880
Consequence Assessment (review ranking of human drug importance table)10110440
Risk Estimation (integration of risk components; development of potential arguments as basis for overall risk estimate)1011012120
Risk Management (discussion of appropriate risk management activities)1011030300
Total Burden10,990
1 There are no capital costs and operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.

FDA estimates that on an annual basis an average of 15 NADAs (including original applications and major supplements) would be subject to information collection under this guidance. This estimate is based on the number of reviews completed between October 2003 and October 2004. During that period, microbial food safety for approximately 15 antimicrobial NADAs (including original and major supplements) was evaluated. This estimate excludes NADAs for antimicrobial drug combinations, generic drug applications (ANADAs), and certain supplemental NADAs.

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Dated: June 23, 2005.

Jeffrey Shuren,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 05-12910 Filed 6-29-05; 8:45 am]