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Administrative Practices and Procedures; Good Guidance Practices; Technical Amendment

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Food and Drug Administration, HHS.


Final rule; technical amendment.


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is amending its administrative regulations. This action is being taken to ensure accuracy and clarity in agency regulations.


The rule is effective April 1, 2010.

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Joyce Strong, Office of Policy (HF-27), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Start Printed Page 16346Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-7010.

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FDA is amending its administrative regulations in 21 CFR part 10. We are taking this action to ensure accuracy and clarity in the agency's regulations.

Publication of this document constitutes final action under the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553). FDA has determined that notice and public comment are unnecessary because the amendments to the regulations provide only technical changes to correct inaccurate citations and to update terminology, and are nonsubstantive.

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List of Subjects in 21 CFR Part 10

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Therefore, under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and under authority delegated to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs,

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 551-558, 701-706; 15 U.S.C. 1451-1461; 21 U.S.C. 141-149, 321-397, 467f, 679, 821, 1034; 28 U.S.C. 2112; 42 U.S.C. 201, 262, 263b, 264.

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2. In § 10.90, revise paragraphs (a) and (c) to read as follows:

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Food and Drug Administration regulations, recommendations, and agreements.

(a) Regulations. FDA regulations are issued in the Federal Register under § 10.40 or § 10.50 and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations. Regulations may contain provisions that will be enforced as legal requirements, or which are intended only as guidance documents and recommendations, or both. The dissemination of draft notices and regulations is subject to § 10.80.

(c) Recommendations. In addition to the guidance documents subject to § 10.115, FDA often formulates and disseminates recommendations about matters which are authorized by, but do not involve direct regulatory action under, the laws administered by the Commissioner, e.g., model State and local ordinances, or personnel practices for reducing radiation exposure, issued under 42 U.S.C. 243 and 21 U.S.C. 360ii. These recommendations may, in the discretion of the Commissioner, be handled under the procedures established in § 10.115, except that the recommendations will be included in a separate public file of recommendations established by the Division of Dockets Management and will be separated from the guidance documents in the notice of availability published in the Federal Register, or be published in the Federal Register as regulations under paragraph (a) of this section.

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Dated: March 29, 2010.

Leslie Kux,

Acting Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2010-7286 Filed 3-31-10; 8:45 am]