Food and Drug Administration, HHS.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry (#214) entitled “Draft Guidance for Industry, Pharmacovigilance of Veterinary Medicinal Products: Electronic Standards for Transfer of Data” (VICH GL35). This draft guidance has been developed for veterinary use by the International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products (VICH). This draft VICH guidance document is intended to provide recommended standards to construct a single electronic message to transmit data elements for submission of adverse event reports (AERs) to all member regions.
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comment on any guidance at any time (see 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5)), to ensure that the agency considers your comment on this draft guidance before it begins work on the final version of the guidance, submit written or electronic comments on the draft guidance by November 14, 2011.
Submit written requests for single copies of the draft guidance to the Communications Staff (HFV-12), Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist that office in processing your request. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the draft guidance document.
Submit electronic comments on the draft guidance to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments on the draft guidance to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.Start Further Info
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FDA is announcing the availability of a draft guidance for industry (#214) entitled “Draft Guidance for Industry, Pharmacovigilance of Veterinary Medicinal Products: Electronic Standards for Transfer of Data (VICH GL35).” In recent years, many important initiatives have been undertaken by regulatory authorities and industry associations to promote the international harmonization of regulatory requirements. FDA has participated in efforts to enhance harmonization and has expressed its commitment to seek scientifically based harmonized technical procedures for the development of pharmaceutical products. One of the goals of harmonization is to identify and then reduce differences in technical requirements for drug development among regulatory agencies in different countries.
FDA has actively participated in the International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Approval of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use for several years to develop harmonized technical requirements for the approval of human pharmaceutical and biological products among the European Union, Japan, and the United States. The VICH is a parallel initiative for veterinary medicinal products. The VICH is concerned with developing harmonized technical requirements for the approval of veterinary medicinal products in the European Union, Japan, and the United States, and includes input from both regulatory and industry representatives.
The VICH Steering Committee is composed of member representatives from the European Commission, European Medicines Evaluation Agency, European Federation of Animal Health, Committee on Veterinary Medicinal Products, U.S. FDA, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Animal Health Institute, the Japanese Veterinary Pharmaceutical Association, the Japanese Association of Veterinary Biologics, and the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries.
Four observers are eligible to participate in the VICH Steering Committee: One representative from the government of Australia/New Zealand, one representative from the industry in Australia/New Zealand, one representative from the government of Canada, and one representative from the industry of Canada. The VICH Secretariat, which coordinates the preparation of documentation, is provided by the International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH). An IFAH representative also participates in the VICH Steering Committee meetings.
II. Draft Guidance on Electronic Standards for Transfer of Data
The VICH Steering Committee held a meeting in June 2010, and agreed that the draft guidance document entitled “Draft Guidance for Industry on Pharmacovigilance of Veterinary Medicinal Products: Electronic Standards for Transfer of Data” (VICH GL35) should be made available for public comment. This draft VICH guidance document is intended to provide recommended standards to construct a single electronic message to transmit data elements for submission of AERs to all member regions.
The need to transfer and disseminate information quickly, accurately and easily between Regulatory Authorities (RA) and Marketing Authorization Holders (MAH) on a worldwide scope is especially pertinent to the notification and assimilation of information for pharmacovigilance. Whereas the recommended definition of the pharmacovigilance information has Start Printed Page 57061been set forth within the draft guidances entitled, “Pharmacovigilance of Veterinary Medicinal Products: Management of Adverse Event Reports (AER's)” (VICH GL24), “Pharmacovigilance of Veterinary Medicinal Products: Controlled Lists of Terms” (VICH GL30) and “Pharmacovigilance of Veterinary Medicinal Products: Data Elements for Submission of Adverse Event Reports” (VICH GL42), this draft guidance defines recommended electronic standards for transfer of data.
In order to allow for electronic exchange of this information between stakeholders, further specification of the field descriptors and their relationships, including agreement on format of the electronic message is essential.
FDA and the VICH Expert Working Group will consider comments about the draft guidance document.
III. 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 this guidance have been approved under OMB Control No. 0910-0284.
IV. Significance of Guidance
This draft guidance, developed under the VICH process, has been revised to conform to FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). For example, the document has been designated “guidance” rather than “guideline.” In addition, guidance documents must not include mandatory language such as “shall,” “must,” “require,” or “requirement,” unless FDA is using these words to describe a statutory or regulatory requirement.
The draft guidance, when finalized, will represent the agency'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 requirements of applicable statutes and regulations.
Interested persons may submit to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) written or electronic 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.
VI. Electronic Access
Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the draft guidance at either http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/GuidanceComplianceEnforcement/GuidanceforIndustry/default.htm or http://www.regulations.gov.Start Signature
Dated: September 9, 2011.
Acting Assistant Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2011-23605 Filed 9-14-11; 8:45 am]
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