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Agency Information Collection Request; 30-Day Public Comment Request

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Office of the Secretary.

In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services, is publishing the following summary of a proposed information collection request for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.

To obtain copies of the supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed paperwork collections referenced above, e-mail your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and OS document identifier, to, or call the Reports Clearance Office on (202) 690-5683. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collections must be received within 30 days of this notice Start Printed Page 12363directly to the OS OMB Desk Officer all comments must be faxed to OMB at 202-395-6974.

Proposed Project: Institutional Review Board/Independent Ethics Committee Forms Modification-OMB No. 0990-0279—Office for Human Research Protections.

Abstract: The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) is requesting a modification to the current Institutional Review Board (IRB) Independent Ethics Committee (IEC) Registration Form designed to provide a simplified procedure for institutions engaged in Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) conducted or supported research to satisfy the assurance requirements of Section 491(a) of the Public Health Service Act and HHS regulations for the protection of human subjects at 45 CFR 46.103. The form is being modified to be consistent with IRB-Registration requirements that are included in the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) final rules on IRB registration requirements. Respondents for this information collection are institutions or organizations operating IRBs designated by an institution under an assurance of compliance approved for federalwide use by OHRP under 45 CFR 46.103(a) and that review human subjects research conducted or supported by HHS, or, in the case of FDA's regulation, each IRB in the United States that reviews clinical investigations regulated by FDA under sections 505(i) or 520(g) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act; and each IRB in the United States that reviews clinical investigations that are intended to support applications for research or marketing permits for FDA-regulated products.

Estimated Annualized Burden Table

Form nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hours
IRB Registration 0990-02796,0002112,000
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Terry Nicolosi,

Office of the Secretary, Paperwork Reduction Act Reports Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. E9-6429 Filed 3-23-09; 8:45 am]