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The National Institute of Health (NIH), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Section 3506.

Proposed Collection: Title: The Genetic Testing Registry; Type of Information Collection Request: New collection; Need and Use of Information Collection: Laboratory tests for more than 2,000 genetic conditions are available; however, there is no centralized public resource that provides information about the availability and scientific basis of these tests. Recognizing the importance of making this information easily accessible to health care providers, patients, consumers, and others, NIH is developing a voluntary registry of genetic tests. The Genetic Testing Registry (GTR) will provide a centralized, online location for test developers, manufacturers, and researchers to submit detailed information about genetic tests. The overarching goal of the GTR is to advance the public health and research in the genetic basis of health and disease.

As such, the Registry will have several key functions, including (1) encouraging providers of genetic tests to enhance transparency by publicly sharing information about the availability and utility of their tests; (2) providing an information resource for the public, including health care providers, patients, and researchers, to locate laboratories that offer particular tests; and (3) facilitating genetic and genomic data-sharing for research and new scientific discoveries.

Frequency of Response: The information will be submitted voluntarily on a non-repeating, continual basis, which means submitters will register a test once and can add new tests on a continual basis. Submitters will be requested to update their test information at least once every 12 months.

Description of Respondents: Submitters to the GTR are expected to include clinical laboratories, test manufacturers, researchers, and entities that report and interpret tests performed elsewhere. The GTR is not limited to U.S. respondents; it will also include submissions from outside the United States. Information will be collected and managed using an online submission system.

Estimate of Burden: Data from the GeneTests Laboratory Directory, which is currently the most comprehensive listing available for laboratories that provide genetic tests, was used to estimate both the number of participating laboratories as well as the number of genetic tests which might be submitted to the GTR. Analysis of the database showed that there are 593 laboratories and approximately 7,800 genetic tests listed in GeneTests. Approximately half of the laboratories in GeneTests (291, or 49 percent) list 12 or fewer tests, while approximately 40 percent (239) list between 13 and 100 tests, and the remaining 10 percent (63) list 100 or more tests. To account for genetic test providers that are not listed in GeneTests, the number of laboratories was multiplied by 1.2, bringing the estimated number of potential participants in GTR to 770. A multiplier of 1.2 was used to account for tests that are not in GeneTests but that might be submitted to the GTR, including test categories not covered by GeneTests (e.g., pharmacogenomic tests), as well as tests that meet the criteria for GeneTests but that have not been submitted to the database. Applying the 1.2 multiplier yields an estimated 9,360 tests for which information could be submitted to GTR.

Although participation in the GTR is voluntary, in order to participate, the submitter must provide information for a certain subset of data fields, identified as the “minimal fields.” GTR includes 31 minimal fields and 85 optional fields. Separate estimates of hour burden are provided for minimal, optional, and all fields (Table 1). The calculations include the time and effort necessary for the test provider to gather information for the data elements and to enter the information into the GTR online submission form.

Based on simulated trials of entering test information into GTR, it will take submitters an average of 0.5 hours per test to provide information for the minimal fields. With an average of 12.2 tests per respondent, the estimated annual hour burden for a respondent to complete the minimal fields is 6.1 hours. An estimated additional 2.5 hours per test was projected for the optional fields for an annual burden of 30.5 hours per respondent. The annual hour burden for a respondent to complete all fields is 36.6 hours.

The calculations for annual burden reflect the average time for submitters who are familiar with their tests and know where to find information about the tests. For those submitters who are not familiar with information about their tests, it may take longer than the estimated 2.5 hours to provide the optional fields information. However, submitters should become more efficient in data entry as they gain experience with GTR, and significant time savings can be achieved by laboratories with large numbers of tests who use the bulk upload feature. In addition, those test providers whose Start Printed Page 44938tests are already listed in GeneTests will have the data from GeneTests automatically transferred to GTR, saving them data entry time.

Table 1—Estimates of Hour Burden

Type of respondentNumber of respondentsFrequency of responseEstimated average time per responseAnnual hour burden per respondentTotal annual hour burden
Laboratory Personnel770An average of 12.2 tests per respondent; submitted onceMinimal Fields: 0.5 hr6.14,697
Optional Fields: 2.5 hr30.523,485
Total (All Fields): 3.0 hr36.628,182

To estimate the annualized cost to respondents, NIH used the mean hourly wage of medical and clinical laboratory technicians from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates.[1] Based on an average of 12.2 submissions per respondent, 3.0 hours to provide information for all data fields (i.e., minimal and optional fields) per submission, and a mean hourly wage of $22.85, the estimated annualized cost to respondents is $836.30. Cost savings can be achieved by laboratories with large numbers of tests that use the bulk upload feature. Table 2 provides the estimated annualized cost per respondent and for all respondents.

Table 2—Estimated Annualized Cost to Respondents

Type of respondentAverage number of submissions per respondentEstimated average time (hours) per submission per respondentMean hourly wageEstimated annual cost per respondentTotal annual cost (based on a total of 9,360 submissions for 770 respondents)
Laboratory Personnel12.2Minimal Fields: 0.5$22.85$139.38$106, 938
Optional Fields: 2.522.85696.92534, 690
All Fields: 3.022.85836.30641, 628

Request for comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies should address one or more of the following points: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.


Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60 days of the date of this publication. Comments should be directed to Amy Patterson, M.D. through the contact information below.

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For additional information on the proposed project, please visit the GTR Web site (​gtr/​gtr.html) or contact: Amy P. Patterson, M.D., Associate Director for Science Policy, NIH by mail to the Office of Biotechnology Activities, 6705 Rockledge Dr., Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone 301-496-9838; fax 301-496-9839; or e-mail, Attention: Dr. Patterson.

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Dated: July 21, 2011.

Amy P. Patterson,

Associate Director for Science Policy, NIH.

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1.  U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics. May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates. See​oes/​current/​oes_​nat.htm#29-0000. Accessed June 8, 2011.

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[FR Doc. 2011-18970 Filed 7-26-11; 8:45 am]