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Guidance for Clinical Trial Sponsors: Establishment and Operation of Clinical Trial Data Monitoring Committees; Availability

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a document entitled “Guidance for Clinical Trial Sponsors: Establishment and Operation of Clinical Trial Data Monitoring Committees” dated March 2006. The guidance is intended to assist sponsors of clinical trials in determining when a data monitoring committee (DMC) is needed for study monitoring, and how such committees should operate. The guidance announced in this notice finalizes the draft guidance entitled “Guidance for Clinical Trial Sponsors on the Establishment and Operation of Clinical Trial Data Monitoring Committees” dated November 2001.

DATES:

Submit written or electronic comments on agency guidances at any time.

ADDRESSES:

Submit written requests for single copies of the 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; the Drug Information Branch (HFD-210), Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857; or the Division of Small Manufacturers, International, and Consumer Assistance (HFZ-220), Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, 1350 Piccard Dr., Rockville, MD 20850. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist the office in processing your requests. The guidance may also be obtained by mail by calling CBER at 1-800-835-4709 or 301-827-1800; or the CDRH Facts-On-Demand system at 1-800-899-0381 or 301-827-0111. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the guidance document.

Submit written comments on the guidance to the Division of Dockets Management (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:

Stephen M. Ripley, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (HFM-17), Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852-1448, 301-827-6210; Robert Temple, Start Printed Page 15422Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (HFD-40), 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-594-6758; or Joanne Less, Center for Devices and Radiological Health (HFZ-403) 9200 Corporate Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850, 301-594-1190.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

FDA is announcing the availability of a document entitled “Guidance for Clinical Trial Sponsors: Establishment and Operation of Clinical Trial Data Monitoring Committees” dated March 2006. The guidance is intended to assist sponsors of clinical trials in determining when a DMC is needed for study monitoring, and how such committees should operate. The guidance addresses the roles, responsibilities, and operating procedures of DMCs.

In the Federal Register of November 20, 2001 (66 FR 58151), FDA announced the availability of the draft guidance entitled “Guidance for Clinical Trial Sponsors on the Establishment and Operation of Clinical Trial Data Monitoring Committees” dated November 2001. FDA received a number of comments on the draft guidance and considered those comments carefully as the guidance was finalized. The final guidance also incorporates editorial and clarifying changes.

The guidance is being issued consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The guidance represents the agency's current thinking on this topic. 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 requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations.

II. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

This guidance contains information collection provisions that are subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). The collections of information in this guidance were approved under OMB control number 0910-0581.

III. Comments

Interested persons may, at any time, submit written or electronic comments to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) regarding this guidance. Submit a single copy of electronic comments or two paper copies of any mailed comments, except that individuals may submit one paper copy. Comments are to be identified with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. A copy of the guidance and received comments are available for public examination in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

IV. Electronic Access

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

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Dated: March 17, 2006.

Jeffrey Shuren,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. E6-4428 Filed 3-28-06; 8:45 am]

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