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Draft Guidance for Industry: Pre-Storage Leukocyte Reduction of Whole Blood and Blood Components Intended for Transfusion; Availability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 “Guidance for Industry: Pre-Storage Leukocyte Reduction of Whole Blood and Blood Components Intended for Transfusion” dated January 2011. The draft guidance document provides blood establishments with recommendations for pre-storage leukocyte reduction of Whole Blood and blood components intended for transfusion, including recommendations for validation and quality control monitoring of the leukocyte reduction process. This second draft guidance document incorporates revisions after reviewing comments on the January 2001 draft. This draft guidance replaces the draft guidance of the same title dated January 2001. This draft guidance, when Start Printed Page 5387finalized, will supersede the FDA memorandum issued on May 29, 1996, entitled “Recommendations and Licensure Requirements for Leukocyte-Reduced Blood Products.”

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comment on any guidance at any time (see 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5)), to ensure that the Agency considers your comment on this draft guidance before it begins work on the final version of the guidance, submit either electronic or written comments on the draft guidance by May 2, 2011.

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Submit written requests for single copies of the draft guidance to the Office of Communication, Outreach and Development (HFM-40), Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Food and Drug Administration, 1401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 The draft guidance may also be obtained by mail by calling CBER at 1-800-835-4709 or 301-827-1800. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the draft guidance document.

Submit electronic comments on the draft guidance to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lori Jo Churchyard, 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 revised, second draft document entitled “Guidance for Industry: Pre-Storage Leukocyte Reduction of Whole Blood and Blood Components Intended for Transfusion” dated January 2011. The draft guidance document provides blood establishments with recommendations for pre-storage leukocyte reduction of Whole Blood and blood components intended for transfusion, including recommendations for validation and quality control monitoring of the leukocyte reduction process. The draft guidance provides information to assist licensed blood establishments for submitting biologics license application supplements to include leukocytes reduced components. This second draft guidance document incorporates revisions after reviewing comments on the January 2001 draft, and in consideration of additional public discussions held at the June and December 2001 meetings of the Blood Products Advisory Committee and the July 2005 public workshop entitled “Update on Leukocyte Reduction of Blood and Blood Components.” This draft guidance replaces the draft guidance of the same title dated January 2001 (January 31, 2001, 66 FR 8410). The draft guidance, when finalized, will supersede the FDA memorandum issued on May 29, 1996, entitled “Recommendations and Licensure Requirements for Leukocyte-Reduced Blood Products.”

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 requirement of the applicable statutes and regulations.

II. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

This draft guidance refers to previously approved collections of information found in FDA regulations. These collections of information are subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). The collections of information in 21 CFR part 607 have been approved under OMB control number 0910-0052; the collections of information in 21 CFR 606.100(b), 606.100(c), and 606.121 have been approved under OMB control number 0910-0116; the collections of information in 21 CFR 211.192 and 211.198 have been approved under OMB control number 0910-0139; and the collections of information in 21 CFR 601.12 and 610.60 have 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 submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) either electronic or written comments regarding this document. It is only necessary to send one set of comments. It is no longer necessary to send two copies of mailed comments. Identify comments 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.

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: January 25, 2011.

Leslie Kux,

Acting Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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