Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (HHS/CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Confirmation of effective date of Direct Final Rule.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is publishing this document to confirm the effective date of the Direct Final Rule (DFR), published on December 26, 2012 (77 FR 75880).
The Direct Final Rule published at 77 FR 75880, December 26, 2012, becomes effective on February 25, 2013.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
For questions concerning this notice: Ashley A. Marrone, JD, Centers for Disease Start Printed Page 12622Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Mailstop E-03, Atlanta, Georgia 30333; telephone 404-498-1600.
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On December 26, 2012, HHS/CDC published a Direct Final Rule (DFR) amending 42 CFR part 70 to update the Scope and Definitions for that part (77 FR 75880). On the same date, HHS/CDC simultaneously published a companion Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposed identical updates to the Scope and Definitions (77 FR 75936). In both documents, HHS/CDC indicated that if we did not receive any significant adverse comments on the direct final rule by January 25, 2013, we would publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing the NPRM and confirming the effective date of the direct final rule within 30 days after the end of the comment period. HHS/CDC received one public comment that was not a significant, adverse comment, but rather, was in support of the companion NPRM. Because HHS/CDC did not receive any significant adverse comments to the NPRM within the specified comment period, we have published a document to withdraw the NPRM in this issue of the Federal Register. Therefore, consistent with the Direct Final Rule, the amendments to 42 CFR part 70 become effective on February 25, 2013 (77 FR 75880).
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Dated: February 13, 2013.
Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.
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