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Guidance for Industry and Investigators on Enforcement of Safety Reporting Requirements for Investigational New Drug Applications and Bioavailability/Bioequivalence Studies; Availability

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notification of guidance.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a guidance for industry and investigators entitled “Enforcement of Safety Reporting Requirements for INDs and BA/BE Studies.” This guidance is intended to inform sponsors and investigators of FDA's intent to exercise enforcement discretion regarding the reporting requirements in the final rule, “Investigational New Drug Safety Reporting Requirements for Human Drug and Biological Products and Safety Reporting Requirements for Bioavailability and Bioequivalence Studies in Humans” (75 FR 59935, September 29, 2010), until September 28, 2011. This action is being taken in response to requests from sponsors to extend the March 28, 2011, effective date of the final rule. FDA expects all sponsors and investigators to be in compliance with the new regulations no later than September 28, 2011.

DATES:

Submit either electronic or written comments on Agency guidances at any time.

ADDRESSES:

Submit written requests for single copies of the guidance to the Division of Drug Information, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 51, rm. 2201, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002; or the Office of Communication, Outreach and Development (HFM-40), Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville Pike, suite 200N, Rockville, MD 20852-1448. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist that office in processing your requests. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the guidance document.

Submit electronic comments on the guidance to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-Start Printed Page 32864305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Stephanie Shapley, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 51, rm. 6323, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-4836; or Laura Rich, 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 guidance for industry and investigators entitled “Enforcement of Safety Reporting Requirements for INDs and BA/BE Studies.” This guidance is being issued consistent with FDA's good guidance practices (GGPs) regulation (§ 10.115 (21 CFR 10.115)). The guidance provides that the Agency intends to grant a 6-month period of enforcement discretion relating to the new reporting requirements (described in this document) that became effective on March 28, 2011. Accordingly, this guidance is being implemented without prior public comment because the Agency has determined that prior public participation is not feasible or appropriate (§ 10.115(g)(2)). The Agency made this determination because the guidance deals with a short-term and highly time-sensitive issue. Although this guidance document is immediately in effect, it remains subject to comment in accordance with the Agency's GGPs regulation.

On September 29, 2010, FDA published a final rule “Investigational New Drug Safety Reporting Requirements for Human Drug and Biological Products and Safety Reporting Requirements for Bioavailability and Bioequivalence Studies in Humans” (75 FR 59935) and issued related draft guidance “Safety Reporting Requirements for INDs and BA/BE Studies” (75 FR 60129, Docket No. FDA-2010-D-0482). The final rule amended the investigational new drug safety reporting requirements under part 312 (21 CFR part 312) and added safety reporting requirements for persons conducting bioavailability and bioequivalence studies under part 320 (21 CFR part 320). The effective date for the final rule was March 28, 2011. In comments to the docket, and in other communications to the Agency placed in the docket, stakeholders have requested an extension to the effective date of the final rule because of the need for significant internal process changes in order to meet the new requirements. Specifically, the comments indicated that sponsors needed additional time to implement changes to their internal procedures to comply with the new reporting requirements. The Agency acknowledges these concerns and intends to exercise enforcement discretion regarding the reporting requirements in the final rule until September 28, 2011. During this period of time, FDA does not intend to take enforcement action if sponsors and investigators report in compliance with the reporting requirements under §§ 312.32, 312.64, and 320.31 that were in effect prior to March 28, 2011.

The guidance represents the Agency's current thinking on enforcement of safety reporting requirements for investigational new drug applications and bioavailability/bioequivalence studies. 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. Comments

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.

III. Electronic Access

Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the document at either http://www.fda.gov/​Drugs/​GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/​Guidances/​default.htm, http://www.fda.gov/​BiologicsBloodVaccines/​GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/​default.htm, or http://www.regulations.gov. Always access an FDA guidance document by using FDA's Web site listed previously to find the most current version of the guidance.

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Dated: June 1, 2011.

Leslie Kux,

Acting Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2011-13950 Filed 6-6-11; 8:45 am]

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