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Draft Guidance for Industry; Animal Drug User Fees: Fees Exceed Costs Waivers and Reductions; Availability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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of the draft guidance for industry (#183) entitled “Animal Drug User Fees: Fees Exceed Costs Waivers and Reductions.” The draft guidance explains the procedures FDA expects to use to evaluate waiver requests under the fees exceed costs waiver provision of the Animal Drug User Fee Act of 2003.

DATES:

Submit written or electronic comments on the draft guidance by October 31, 2006 to ensure their adequate consideration in preparation of the final document. General comments on agency guidance documents are welcome at any time.

ADDRESSES:

Submit written requests for single copies of the draft guidance document to the Communications Staff (HFV-12), Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist that office in processing your requests. Submit written comments on the draft guidance document to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.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. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the draft guidance document.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dave Newkirk, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-100), Food and Drug Administration, 7500 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855, 301-827-6967, e-mail: david.newkirk@fda.hhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

The Animal Drug User Fee Act of 2003 (ADUFA) (Public Law 108-130) amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the act) and requires that FDA assess and collect user fees for certain applications, products, establishments, and sponsors. It also requires the agency to grant a waiver from, or a reduction of, those fees in certain circumstances.

The draft guidance explains the procedures FDA expects to use to evaluate waiver requests under the fees exceed costs waiver provision of ADUFA. These procedures may be modified in the future as FDA gains more experience with waiver requests.

To qualify for waiver consideration for fees due on or after October 1, 2004, a written request for a fees exceed costs waiver or reduction must be submitted no later than 180 days after the fee is due (section 740(i) of the act (21 U.S.C. 379j-12(i))).

II. Significance of Guidance

This level 1 draft guidance is being issued consistent with FDA's Good Guidance Practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The draft guidance, when finalized, will represent the agency's current thinking on the topic. The document does not create or confer any rights for or on any person and will not operate to bind FDA or the public. Alternative approaches may be used as long as they satisfy the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations.

III. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

This draft guidance refers to previously approved collections of information found in Guidance for Industry #170. These collections of information 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) and have been approved under OMB Control No. 0910-0540.

IV. Comments

This draft guidance document is being distributed for comment purposes only and is not intended for implementation at this time. Interested persons may submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) written or electronic comments regarding this document. Submit a single copy of Start Printed Page 47503electronic comments or two paper copies of any mailed comments, except that individuals may submit one paper copy. Comments are to be identified with the full title of the draft guidance document and the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. A copy of the draft 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.

V. Electronic Access

Electronic comments may be submitted on the Internet at http://www.fda.gov/​dockets/​ecomments. Once on the Internet site, select Docket No. 2006D-0301, “Animal Drug User Fees; Fees Exceeds Costs Waivers and Reductions” and follow the directions. A copy of this document may be obtained on the Internet from the CVM home page at http://www.fda.gov/​cvm.

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Dated: August 10, 2006.

Jeffrey Shuren,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. E6-13507 Filed 8-16-06; 8:45 am]

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