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Animal Drug User Fee Act; Public Meeting

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice of public meeting.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public meeting on the Animal Drug User Fee Act of 2003 (ADUFA) to seek public comments relative to the program's overall performance and reauthorization as directed by Congress.

Date and Time: The public meeting will be held on April 24, 2007, beginning at 9 a.m.

Location: The public meeting will be held at the Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Pl., third floor, rm. A, Rockville, MD 20855. There is parking near the building. Photo identification is required to clear building security.

Contact: Aleta Sindelar, Office of the Director (HFV-3), Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855, 240-276-9004, FAX 240-276-9020, e-mail: aleta.sindelar@fda.hhs.gov.

Registration and Requests for Oral Presentations: Registration is not required to attend the meeting. Requests to make an oral presentation at the meeting must be submitted by April 17, 2007, to the contact person. Your request to make a presentation should include the following information: Name, title, firm name, address, telephone, fax number, and e-mail address. We will try to accommodate all persons who wish to make a presentation. The time allotted for Start Printed Page 11370presentations may depend on the number of persons who wish to speak.

If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Aleta Sindelar at least 7 days in advance of the meeting.

Comments: Interested persons may submit to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852, written or electronic comments. Electronic comments may be submitted to the docket at the following site: http://www.fda.gov/​dockets/​ecomments. Submit a single copy of electronic comments or two paper copies of 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. Received comments may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The docket will remain open for written or electronic comments through May 24, 2007.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

ADUFA amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the act) and authorized FDA to collect fees for certain animal drug applications, establishments, products and sponsors in support of the review of animal drugs. These additional resources support FDA's responsibilities under the act to provide greater public health protection by ensuring that animal drug products that are approved to be safe and effective are readily available for both companion animals and animals intended for food consumption.

The FDA animal drug user fee program was authorized in 2003 and implemented in 2004. A significant part of the preparations for the program included determining the fee levels for fiscal year (FY) 2004. ADUFA provides for four fees: (1) A sponsor fee, (2) an establishment fee, (3) a product fee, and (4) an application fee. ADUFA also provides for specific waivers and exemptions from fees. FDA prepared guidance for the industry regarding the fees, billings and submission of fees, as well as waivers and exemptions (http://www.fda.gov/​cvm/​adufa.htm).

The total amounts authorized for collection were: $5 million for FY 2004; $8 million in FY 2005; and $10 million in each FY 2006 through 2008, subject to annual inflation and workload adjustments after 2004. ADUFA provided for four types of fees to be assessed each fiscal year, with each fee type expected to raise 25 percent of the annual amount collected. Thus, in FY 2004, we expected to receive $1.25 million from sponsor fees, establishment fees, product fees, and application fees, for a total of $5 million dollars. The user fees are used to achieve shorter, more predictable review times by increasing the review staff at FDA and building better management systems. As a result, we anticipate substantial savings to the industry in regulatory review and developmental expenses.

FDA's animal drug premarket review program is making continual and substantial improvements in the animal drug review process as a result of user fees. This helps ensure an adequate supply of safe and effective therapeutic and production animal drugs.

II. Agenda

In the language authorizing ADUFA, Congress directed the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) to consult with the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives; the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions of the Senate; appropriate scientific and academic experts; veterinary professionals; representatives of consumer advocacy groups; and the regulated industry in developing recommendations to Congress for the reauthorization of ADUFA and for the goals and plans for meeting the goals associated with the process for review of animal drug applications. As directed by Congress, FDA is holding a public meeting to gather information on what we should consider to include in the reauthorization of ADUFA (http://www.fda.gov/​cvm/​adufa.htm) and hear stakeholder views on this subject.

We are offering the following two general questions for consideration, and we are interested in responses to these questions and any other pertinent information stakeholders would like to share.

1. What is your assessment of the overall performance of the ADUFA program thus far?

2. What suggestions or changes would you make relative to the reauthorization of ADUFA?

We have published a number of reports that may help inform the public about the ADUFA program. Key documents such as, ADUFA-related guidance, legislation, performance reports, and financial reports, can be found at http://www.fda.gov/​cvm/​adufa.htm.

III. Meeting Format

In general, the meeting format will include presentations by FDA followed by the open public comment period. Registered speakers for the open public comments will be grouped and invited to speak in the order of their affiliation and time of registration (scientific and academic experts/veterinary professionals, representatives of consumer advocacy groups, and the regulated industry). FDA presentations are planned from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The open public comment portion of the meeting for registered speakers is planned to begin at 10:30 a.m. An opportunity for public comments from meeting attendees will commence following the registered presentations, if time permits. The docket will remain open for written or electronic comments through May 24, 2007.

IV. Transcripts

Meeting transcripts will be made available on the CVM Website (http://www.fda.gov/​cvm/​adufa.htm) approximately 30 working days after the meeting. The transcript will also be available for public examination at the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Dated: March 6, 2007.

Jeffrey Shuren,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. E7-4452 Filed 3-12-07; 8:45 am]

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