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Draft Guidance for Industry: Recommendations for the Assessment of Blood Donor Suitability, Blood Product Safety, and Preservation of the Blood Supply in Response to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Virus; 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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft document entitled “Draft Guidance for Industry: Recommendations for the Assessment of Blood Donor Suitability, Blood Product Safety, and Preservation of the Blood Supply in Response to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Virus”. This draft guidance provides recommendations for assessing blood donor suitability and blood product safety and maintaining blood and blood product availability in response to pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus. It is intended for establishments that manufacture Whole Blood and blood components intended for use in Start Printed Page 59983transfusion and blood components intended for further manufacture, including recovered plasma, Source Plasma and Source Leukocytes.

DATES:

Although you can comment on any guidance at any time (see 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5)), to ensure that the agency considers your comment on this draft guidance before it begins work on the final version of the guidance, submit written or electronic comments on the draft guidance by December 3, 2009. The abbreviated comment period is necessary because pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus has the potential to cause disruptions in the blood supply and given this possibility, the agency needs to finalize the guidance as soon as possible.

ADDRESSES:

Submit written requests for single copies of the draft guidance to the Office of Communication, Outreach and Development (HFM-40), Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville Pike, suite 200N, Rockville, MD 20852-1448. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist the office in processing your requests. The draft guidance may also be obtained by mail by calling CBER at 1-800-835-4709 or 301-827-1800.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:

Benjamin A. Chacko, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (HFM-17), Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville Pike, suite 200N, Rockville, MD 20852-1448, 301-827-6210.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

FDA is announcing the availability of a draft document entitled “Guidance for Industry: Recommendations for the Assessment of Blood Donor Suitability, Blood Product Safety, and Preservation of the Blood Supply in Response to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Virus” dated November 2009. This draft guidance provides recommendations for assessing blood donor suitability and blood product safety and maintaining blood and blood product availability in response to pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus. It is intended for establishments that manufacture Whole Blood and blood components intended for use in transfusion and blood components intended for further manufacture, including recovered plasma, Source Plasma and Source Leukocytes. At the present time, FDA is working with other HHS agencies to monitor the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus and its potential impact on blood availability and blood safety. The agency notes that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a document entitled “Interim Infection Control Guidance on 2009 H1N1 Influenza for Personnel at Blood and Plasma Collection Facilities.”1 We recognize the importance of the CDC recommendations for infection control in blood and plasma collection establishments.

The draft guidance is being issued consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The draft guidance, when finalized, will represent 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.

II. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

The draft guidance refers to previously approved collections of information found in FDA regulations. The collection of information in 21 CFR part 606 has been approved under OMB control number 0910-0116. The collection of information for 21 CFR part 601 has been approved under OMB control number 0910-0338.

III. Comments

The draft guidance is being distributed for comment purposes only and is not intended for implementation at this time. Interested persons may, at any time, submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) written or electronic comments regarding the draft 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 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.

IV. Electronic Access

Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the draft guidance at either http://www.fda.gov/​BiologicsBloodVaccines/​GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/​guidances/​default.htm or http://www.regulations.gov.

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Dated: November 13, 2009.

David Horowitz,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. E9-27729 Filed 11-18-09; 8:45 am]

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