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Guidance for Industry: Advisory Committee Meetings-Preparation and Public Availability of Information Given to Advisory Committee Members; 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 Industry: Advisory Committee Meetings—Preparation and Public Availability of Information Given to Advisory Committee Members,” dated August 2008. This document provides guidance to industry sponsors, applicants, and petitioners who develop, prepare, or submit briefing materials that will be given to advisory committee members as background information before an open FDA advisory committee meeting. The guidance announced in this notice finalizes the draft guidance of the same title dated February 2007. Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, FDA is announcing the availability of three additional guidances and one draft guidance, intended to improve FDA's advisory committee procedures.

DATES:

The guidance is effective August 5, 2008. 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 Policy (HF-11), Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist that office in processing your requests. Submit telephone requests to 800-835-4709 or 301-827-1800. 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.regulations.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jill Hartzler Warner, Office of Policy, Planning, and Preparedness (HF-11), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-3370.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

FDA is announcing the availability of a document entitled “Guidance for Industry: Advisory Committee Meetings—Preparation and Public Availability of Information Given to Advisory Committee Members,” dated August 2008. This guidance is intended to provide information to industry sponsors, applicants, and petitioners on the development, preparation, and submission of briefing materials that will be provided to advisory committee members as background information prior to open FDA advisory committee meetings. The guidance is intended to help minimize the time and resources spent in preparing such materials for public availability. The guidance also describes the process FDA intends to follow when we make briefing materials available to the public.

An important goal of the guidance is to help ensure that briefing materials are made available to the public in accordance with section 10(b) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 U.S.C. app. 2). We interpret FACA to require that, with respect to any open advisory committee meeting convened under FACA, whenever practicable and subject to any applicable exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552), those materials that we provide to advisory committee members in connection with that meeting must be made available for public inspection and copying either before or at the time of the advisory committee meeting.

In the guidance, the term “briefing materials” is used to describe the package of information that FDA provides to advisory committee members before a meeting. The briefing materials for a particular meeting generally include information prepared by FDA and/or the sponsor (if the meeting involves a product application or otherwise involves a particular product). This guidance includes (in the Appendices) timelines for preparing and submitting briefing materials to FDA.

For open advisory committee meetings for which the briefing materials may contain information that, under certain circumstances, could be considered to be exempt from public disclosure under FOIA, we intend to:

  • Post a publicly available version of the briefing materials on FDA's Web site at least 2 full business days before the meeting is scheduled to occur.

For meetings for which the briefing materials do not contain information that, under certain circumstances, could be considered to be exempt from public disclosure under FOIA, such as many meetings concerning guidance documents and policy issues, we will try to:

  • Make the briefing materials available on FDA's Web site more than 2 full business days before the meeting.

In the Federal Register of February 28, 2007 (72 FR 9008), FDA announced the availability of the draft guidance of the same title dated February 2007. FDA received a number of comments on the draft guidance and those comments were considered as the guidance was finalized. In addition, editorial changes were made to improve clarity. This guidance finalizes the draft guidance and replaces three previously issued draft guidance documents entitled: (1) “Guidance for Industry: Disclosing Information Provided to Advisory Committees in Connection With Open Advisory Committee Meetings Related to the Testing or Approval of New Drugs and Convened by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Beginning on January 1, 2000,” dated December 1999; (2) “Guidance for Industry: Disclosing Information Provided to Advisory Committees in Connection With Open Advisory Committee Meetings Related to the Testing or Approval of Biologic Products and Convened by the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research,” dated February 2001; and (3) “Availability of Information Given to Advisory Committee Members in Connection With CDRH Open Public Panel Meetings; Draft Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff,” dated July 18, 2001.

The guidance is being issued consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The guidance represents FDA'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.Start Printed Page 45458

II. Comments

Interested persons may submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) written or electronic comments regarding the 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.

Please note that on January 15, 2008, the FDA Division of Dockets Management Web site transitioned to the Federal Dockets Management System (FDMS). FDMS is a Government-wide, electronic docket management system. Electronic comments or submissions will be accepted by FDA only through FDMS at http://www.regulations.gov.

III. Electronic Access

Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the guidance at http://www.regulations.gov.

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Dated: August 1, 2008.

Randall W. Lutter,

Deputy Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. E8-17997 Filed 8-4-08; 8:45 am]

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