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Guidance for Industry: Pre-Storage Leukocyte Reduction of Whole Blood and Blood Components Intended for Transfusion; Availability

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ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a document entitled “Guidance for Industry: Pre-Storage Leukocyte Reduction of Whole Blood and Blood Components Intended for Transfusion” dated September 2012. The guidance document provides blood establishments with recommendations for pre-storage leukocyte reduction of Whole Blood and blood components intended for transfusion, including recommendations for validation and quality control monitoring of the leukocyte reduction process. The guidance announced in this notice finalizes the draft guidance of the same title dated January 2011 and supersedes the FDA memorandum issued on May 29, 1996, entitled “Recommendations and Licensure Requirements for Leukocyte-Reduced Blood Products.”

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 Office of Communication, Outreach and Development (HFM-40), Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 200N, Rockville, MD 20852-1448. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist the office in processing your requests. The guidance may also be obtained by mail by calling CBER at 1-800-835-4709 or 301-827-1800. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the guidance document.

Submit electronic comments on the draft guidance to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lori Jo Churchyard, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (HFM-17), Food and Drug Administration, 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 200N, Rockville, MD 20852-1448, 301-827-6210.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

FDA is announcing the availability of a document entitled “Guidance for Industry: Pre-Storage Leukocyte Reduction of Whole Blood and Blood Components Intended for Transfusion” dated September 2012. The guidance document provides blood establishments with recommendations for pre-storage leukocyte reduction of Whole Blood and blood components intended for transfusion, including recommendations for validation and quality control monitoring of the leukocyte reduction process. The guidance also provides information to assist licensed blood establishments for submitting biologics license application supplements to include leukocytes reduced components.

In the Federal Register of January 31, 2011 (76 FR 5386), FDA announced the availability of the draft guidance of the same title dated January 2011. FDA received several comments on the draft guidance and those comments were considered as the guidance was finalized. A summary of changes includes the following: Removing the recommendation for use of a mixing device during collection, modifying definitions, and clarifying performance qualification criteria. In addition, editorial changes were made to improve clarity. The guidance announced in this notice finalizes the draft guidance dated January 2011 and supersedes the FDA memorandum issued on May 29, 1996, entitled “Recommendations and Licensure Requirements for Leukocyte-Reduced Blood Products.”

The guidance is being issued consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The guidance represents FDA'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 requirement of the applicable statutes and regulations.

II. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

The 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 21 CFR part 607 and Form FDA 2830 have been approved under OMB control number 0910-0052; the collections of information in 21 CFR 606.100(b), 606.100(c), 606.121, and 606.122 have been approved under OMB control number 0910-0116; the collections of information in 21 CFR 211.192 and 211.198 have been approved under OMB control number 0910-0139; and the collections of information in 21 CFR 601.12 and 610.60 and Form FDA 356h have been approved under OMB control number 0910-0338.

III. Comments

Interested persons may submit either written comments regarding this document to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) or electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov. It is only necessary to send one set of 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, and will be posted to the docket at http://www.regulations.gov.

IV. Electronic Access

Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the guidance at either http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/default.htm or http://www.regulations.gov.

Dated: September 18, 2012.

Leslie Kux,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

[FR Doc. 2012-23542 Filed 9-24-12; 8:45 am]

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