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Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, call 404-639-5960 and send comments to Daniel Holcomb, CDC Acting Reports Clearance Officer, 1600 Clifton Road, MS-D74, Atlanta, GA 30333 or send an e-mail to omb@cdc.gov.

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Written comments should be received within 60 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

Possession, Use, and Transfer of Select Agents and Toxins (OMB Control No. 0920-0576)—Revision—Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR), Division of Select Agents and Toxins, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, Subtitle A of Public Law 107-188 (42 U.S.C. 262a), requires the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to regulate the possession, use, and transfer of biological agents or toxins (i.e., select agents and toxins) that could pose a severe threat to public health and safety. The Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002, Subtitle B of Public Law 107-188 (7 U.S.C. 8401), requires the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to regulate the possession, use, and transfer of biological agents or toxins (i.e., select agents and toxins) that could pose a severe threat to animal or plant health, or animal or plant products. In accordance with these Acts, HHS and USDA promulgated regulations requiring entities to register with the CDC or the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) if they possess, use, or transfer a select agent or toxin (42 CFR part 73, 7 CFR part 331, and 9 CFR part 121).

CDC is requesting continued OMB approval to collect this information through the use of five forms: (1) Application for Registration, (2) Request to Transfer Select Agent or Toxin, (3) Report of Theft, Loss, or Release of Select Agent and Toxin, (4) Report of Identification of Select Agent or Toxin, and (5) Request for Exemption. There have been no new select agent program forms added to this information collection request. The current versions of the standard forms have been revised to: (1) Reduce the burden expended by the regulated entities and CDC by removing similar questions, (2) enhance clarification of the transfer process, (3) determine the level of potential exposure, and (4) improve surveillance methods for monitoring the reports of select agents and toxins identified by registered entities. In addition to the standardized forms listed above, requests for expedited reviews, administrative reviews and inspections are also submitted to CDC. There is not a standardized form for the request for expedited review, administrative review and inspections. Therefore, an entity must submit a written request to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, by way of the Attorney General for expedited reviews (42 CFR 73.10(e)) and exclusions of an attenuated strain of a select agent or toxin that does not pose a severe threat to public health and safety (42 CFR 73.3(e)(1) and 73.4(e)(1)). Inspections take place prior to issuance of a certificate of registration to ensure compliance with regulation 42 CFR 73.18. Following the inspection an entity may be asked to respond to written requests and submits the documentation to CDC.

Entities may also amend their registration (42 CFR, 73.7(h)(1)) if any changes occur to the information previously submitted. When applying for an amendment to a certificate of registration, an entity must obtain and complete the relevant portion of the application package.

The total estimated annualized burden for all data collection is 8,878 hours. Information will be collected via fax, email and mail from respondents of the 320 entities registered with the Select Agent Program. There is no cost to the respondents other than their time.

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

CFRForm nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per responseTotal burden hours
73.3(d)Application for Registration514.523
73.7(h)(1)Amendment to Registration Application320812,560
73.16Request to Transfer Select Agents or Toxins32011.5480
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73.19(a)(b)Notification of Theft, Loss or Release18011180
73.5 & 73.6(a)(b)Report of Identification of Select Agent320912,880
73.5 & 73.6(d-e)Request of Exemption3113
73.3 & 73.4(e)(1)Request for Exclusions/Restricted711171
73.10(e)Request for Expedited Review1111
73.20Administrative Review3014120
73.18Inspections320182,560
Total8,878
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Dated: May 17, 2011.

Daniel Holcomb,

Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 2011-12571 Filed 5-20-11; 8:45 am]

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