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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Food and Drug Administration Recall Regulations

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that a proposed collection of information has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES:

Fax written comments on the collection of information by December 23, 2011.

ADDRESSES:

To ensure that comments on the information collection are received, OMB recommends that written comments be faxed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: FDA Desk Officer, Fax: (202) 395-7285, or emailed to oira_submission@omb.eop.gov. All comments should be identified with the OMB control number 0910-0249. Also include the FDA docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Daniel Gittleson, Office of Information Management, Food and Drug Administration, 1350 Piccard Dr., PI50-400B, Rockville, MD 20850, (301) 796-5156, Daniel.Gittleson@fda.hhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

In compliance with 44 U.S.C. 3507, FDA has submitted the following proposed collection of information to OMB for review and clearance.

FDA Recall Regulations—(OMB Control Number 0910-0249)—Extension

Section 701 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 371) and part 7 (21 CFR part 7), subpart C set forth the recall regulations (guidelines) and provide guidance to manufacturers on recall responsibilities. The guidelines apply to all FDA regulated products (i.e., food, including animal feed; drugs, including animal drugs; medical devices, including in vitro diagnostic products; cosmetics; biological products intended for human use; and tobacco). These responsibilities include development of a recall strategy that requires time by the firm to determine the actions or procedures required to manage the recall (§ 7.42); providing FDA with complete details of the recall including reason(s) for the removal or correction, risk evaluation, quantity produced, distribution information, firm's recall strategy, a copy of any recall communication(s), and a contact official (§ 7.46); notifying direct accounts of the recall, providing guidance regarding further distribution, giving instructions as to what to do with the product, providing recipients with a ready means of reporting to the recalling firm (§ 7.49); and submitting periodic status reports so that FDA may assess the progress of the recall. Status report information may be determined by, among other things, evaluation return reply cards, effectiveness checks, and product returns (§ 7.53); and providing the opportunity for a firm to request in writing that FDA terminate the recall (§ 7.55(b)).

A search of the FDA database was performed to determine the number of recalls, and terminations that took place during fiscal years (FYs) 2008 to 2010. The resulting number of total recalls (9,303) and terminations (2,858) from this database search were then averaged over the 3 years, and the resulting per year average of recalls (3,101) and terminations (953) are used in estimating the current annual reporting burden for this report. FDA estimates the total annual industry burden to collect and provide the previous information to be 443,820 burden hours.

The following is a summary of the estimated annual burden hours for recalling firms (manufacturers, processors, and distributors) to comply with the voluntary reporting requirements of FDA's recall regulations recognizing that there may be a vast difference in the information collection and reporting time involved in different recalls of FDA's regulated products.

The annual reporting burdens are explained as follows:

I. Total Annual Reporting

A. Recall Strategy

Request firms develop a recall strategy including provision for public warnings and effectiveness checks. Under this portion of the collection of information, the Agency estimates it will receive 3,101 responses annually based on the average number of recalls over the last 3 FYs.

B. Firm Initiated Recall and Recall Communications

Request firms voluntarily remove or correct foods and drugs (human or animal), cosmetics, medical devices, Start Printed Page 72421biologics, and tobacco to immediately notify the appropriate FDA district office of such actions. The firm is to provide complete details of the recall reason, risk evaluation, quantity produced, distribution information, firms' recall strategy, and a contact official as well as requires firms to notify their direct accounts of the recall and to provide recipients with a ready means of reporting to the recalling firm. Under these portions of the collection of information, the Agency estimates it will receive 3,101 responses annually based on the average number of recalls over the last 3 FYs.

C. Recall Status Reports

Request that recalling firms provide periodic status reports so FDA can ascertain the progress of the recall. This request only applies to firms with active recalls, and is estimated to be reported every 2 to 4 weeks. This collection of information will generate approximately 27,924 responses annually, based on the average number of recalls over the last 3 FYs (3,101), less the average number of terminations over the last 3 FYs (953), multiplied by the conservative frequency of reporting per year (13).

D. Termination of a Recall

Provide the firms an opportunity to request in writing that FDA end the recall. The Agency estimates it will receive 953 responses annually based on the average number of terminations over the past 3 FYs.

II. Hours per Response Estimates

FDA has no information that would allow it to make a calculated estimate on the hours per response burden to FDA regulated firms to conduct recalls. Variables in the type of products, the quantity and level of distribution, and the various circumstances of recall notifications could cause the hours per response to vary significantly. The best guesstimate of average burden hours per response from previous information collection request reports are utilized again for the current estimates on burden hours per response.

In the Federal Register of June 29, 2011 (76 FR 38184), FDA published a 60-day notice requesting public comment on the proposed collection of information. One comment was received and was PRA related.

(Comment) One comment noted that the FDA Average Burden per Response (ABPR) are low. The commenter's estimates are double the estimates provided by FDA.

(Response) FDA regulates many different types of products including, but not limited to, medical products, food and feed, cosmetics, and tobacco products. From FYs 2008 to 2010, FDA classified approximately 9,303 recalls of FDA-regulated products. Further, FDA notes that not all recall events reported to the Agency are similar in nature and may entail different information and volume of information on a case-by-case basis. Therefore, FDA could not calculate or determine an estimate for the average burden per response for a particular or specific product type or area and has based its estimates for all industries that it regulates.

(Comment) One comment questioned the validity of the methodology and assumption used by FDA, citing that data ranges are not given. The comment encouraged FDA to provide data ranges for industry to assess better the accuracy of the Agency's estimates.

(Response) As stated in the prior response, FDA regulates many different types of products including, but not limited to, medical products, food and feed, cosmetics, and tobacco products. From FY 2008 to 2010, FDA classified approximately 9,303 recalls of FDA-regulated products. Further, FDA notes that not all recall events reported to the Agency are similar in nature where complexity and size of the recall can dictate the amount of recall information and data to be submitted. Therefore, FDA could not provide ranges of the burden for data collection for industry and based its estimates across the entire scope of recalls of FDA-regulated products.

(Comment) One comment suggests that the Agency develop an electronic tool for recall reporting or “eRecall” tool, and ask, that industry be able to provide input to any developer of user requirements for such a tool before implementations.

(Response) FDA will consider the suggestion of an electronic recall tool for reporting. However, because of the many types of industries that FDA regulates, such a tool may not be able to accommodate the variety of information specific to many of these industries.

(Comment) One comment suggests that recall requirements should apply only to finished goods that are consumable and that FDA's entire recall program, not just information collection, be reviewed to determine if the program serves the purpose originally intended to protect consumers.

(Response) FDA disagrees with the comment. FDA believes that violative products in the marketplace should be recalled from consignees and customers who received them even if they are not finished goods that are consumables. For example, a recall of a violative product which is used for further manufacture and that poses a health risk would also serve as notification to consignees and customers to remove the recalled product from further use or distribution, including providing instructions for additional recall of products that may have been manufactured using the recalled products.

FDA estimates the burden of this collection of information as follows:

Table 1—Estimated Annual Reporting Burden 1

21 CFR SectionNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal annual responsesAverage burden per responseTotal hours
Recall Strategy (§ 7.42)3,10113,1012062,020
Firm Initiated Recall and Recall Communications (§§ 7.46 & 7.49)3,10113,1013093,030
Recall Status Reports and Followup (§ 7.53)2,1481327,92410279,240
Termination of a Recall (§ 7.55(b))9531953109,530
Total443,820
1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
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Dated: November 17, 2011.

Leslie Kux,

Acting Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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