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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Implementation of Sections 222, 223, and 224 of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007

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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 February 13, 2012.

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 0910-0625. Also include the FDA docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document.

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.

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.

Implementation of Sections 222, 223, and 224 of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007—(OMB Control Number 0910-0625)—Extension

Sections 222, 223, and 224 of FDAAA, which were in effect on October 1, 2007, require that device establishment registrations and listings under section 510 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. 360), including the submission of updated information, be submitted to the Secretary by electronic means, unless the Secretary grants a request for waiver of the requirement because the use of electronic means is not reasonable for the person requesting the waiver. There are approximately 24,000 establishments that are electronically registered as of September 2011.

Section 222 of FDAAA amends sections 510(b) of the FD&C Act to require domestic establishments to register annually during the period beginning October 1 and ending December 31 of each year. Section 222 of FDAAA also amends section 510(i)(1) of the FD&C Act to require foreign establishments to register immediately upon first engaging in one of the covered device activities described under the statute, and in addition, they must also register annually during the time period beginning October 1 and ending December 31 of each year. Further, section 223 of FDAAA amends section 510(j)(2) of the FD&C Act to require establishments to list their devices with FDA annually, during the time period beginning October 1 and ending December 31 of each year.

Under FDAAA, device establishment owners and operators are required to keep their registration and device listing information up-to-date using the Agency's new electronic system. Owners and operators of new device establishments must use the electronic system to create new accounts, new registration records, and new device listings. Section 224 of FDAAA amends section 510(p) of the FD&C Act by allowing an affected person to request a waiver from the requirement to register electronically when the “use of electronic means” is not reasonable for the person.

The estimates in table 1 of this document are based on FDA's experience, data from the device registration and listing database, and our estimates of the time needed to complete the previously required forms. We estimate that the time needed to enter registration and listing information electronically using FDA Form 3673 will not differ significantly from the time needed to fill in the paper forms (FDA Forms 2891, 2891a, and 2892) that previously were used for this purpose because the information required is essentially identical.

In addition, under section 224 of FDAAA, device establishment owner/operators, for whom registering and listing by electronic means is not reasonable, may request a waiver from the Secretary. Because a device establishment's owner/operator is required to register and list, they would need only to have access to a computer, Internet, and an email address for registration and listing by electronic means, the Agency did not anticipate receipt of a large number of requests for waivers. From the October through December 2007 timeframe, FDA received fewer than 10 requests for waivers for the requirement to submit registration and listing information electronically. As data for more than 16,000 establishments were received electronically for the same period, these requests amount to less than 1 percent of the total number of establishments that have responded. The number of waiver requests received through fiscal year 2011 has remained consistently less than 1 percent.

Based on information taken from our databases, FDA estimates that there are 21,254 owner/operators who collectively register a total of 24,000 device establishments. The number of respondents listed for section 222 of FDAAA in table 1 of this document is 21,254, which corresponds to the number of owner/operators who annually register. In addition, FDA estimates that 3,504 owner/operators are initial importers who must register their establishments but who, under FDA's existing regulations, are not required to list their devices unless they initiate or develop the specifications for the devices or repackage or relabel the devices. The number of respondents included in table 1 of this document for section 223 of FDAAA is 17,750, which corresponds to the number of owner/operators who annually list one or more devices (21,254 − 3,504 = 17,750).

To calculate the burden estimate for waiver requests under section 224 of FDAAA, we assume as stated previously, that less than 1 percent of the 24,000 total device establishments would request waivers from FDA. This means the total number of waiver requests would probably not exceed 14 requests (24,000 x 0.0006). We also estimate that the one-time burden on these establishments would be an hour of time for a mid-level manager to draft, approve, and mail a letter. In addition, FDA estimates the total number of establishments will increase by 2,162 new establishments each year. Of the 2,162 new registrants each year, we assume that less than 1 percent (i.e., 1) of these will also request waivers each year. The total, therefore, is 14 waiver requests, which could increase by only one additional request each year.

Based on the number of owner operators of foreign establishments reflected in our current database, approximately 8,067 owner operators will spend an hour annually identifying the name, address, telephone and fax numbers, email address, and registration number, if any has been assigned, of any importer of the establishment's devices that is known to the foreign establishment.

Also based on the current number of owner/operators in the FDA database, we estimate that approximately 1,305 owner operators will spend .25 hours each year to identify changes in their U.S. agent's name, address, or phone number to FDA.

The burden estimate for recordkeeping requirements under section 222 of FDAAA in table 2 of this document complies with the requirement that owners or operators keep a list of officers, directors, and partners for each establishment. Owners or operators will need to provide this information only upon request from FDA. However, it is assumed that some effort will need to be expended for keeping such lists current.

The burden estimate for the recordkeeping requirements under section 223 of FDAAA in table 2 of this document reflect other recordkeeping requirements for devices listed with FDA and the requirement to provide these records upon request from FDA. These estimates are based on FDA experience.

In the Federal Register of November 3, 2011 (76 FR 68195), FDA published a 60-day notice requesting public comment on the proposed collection of information. No comments were received.

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

Table 1—Estimated Annual Reporting Burden 1

FDAAA Section of the 2007 amendmentsFDA form No.Number of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal annual responsesAverage burden per responseTotal hours
222 3367321,254121,2540.7515,941
222 236732,16212,1620.501,081
222 336738,06718,06718,067
222 336731,30511,3050.25326
223 3367317,750117,750117,750
224 (waiver request) 2367314114114
224 (waiver request) 3367311122
Total43,181
1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
2 One-time burden.
3 Annual recurring burden.

Table 2—Estimated Average Annual Recordkeeping Burden1

FDAAA Section of the 2007 amendmentsNumber of recordkeepersNumber of records per recordkeeperTotal annual recordsAverage burden per recordkeepingTotal hours
222 223,806123,8060.255,952
223 211,746446,9840.523,492
Total29,444
1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
2 Recurring burden.

Dated: January 9, 2012.

David Dorsey,

Acting Associate Commissioner for Policy and Planning.

[FR Doc. 2012-503 Filed 1-12-12; 8:45 am]

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