Skip to Content


Draft Generic Drug User Fee Act Information Technology Plan; Availability for Comment

Document Details

Information about this document as published in the Federal Register.

Published Document

This document has been published in the Federal Register. Use the PDF linked in the document sidebar for the official electronic format.

Start Preamble


Food and Drug Administration, HHS.




The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability for public comment of the draft information technology (IT) plan entitled “GDUFA Information Technology Plan.” This plan is intended to provide FDA's approach for enhancing business processes, data quality and consistency, supporting technologies, and IT operations as described in the Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA) Performance Goals and Procedures for Fiscal Years 2013 through 2017. FDA is publishing a draft version of the IT plan for comment to allow industry and other interested stakeholders to provide feedback as FDA moves towards a fully automated standards-based environment that enhances the regulatory review process for human pharmaceuticals.


Submit either electronic or written comments by February 24, 2014.


Submit written requests for single copies of the draft “GDUFA Information Technology Plan” to the Division of Drug Information, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 51, Rm. 2201, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist that office in processing your requests. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the draft plan.

Submit electronic comments on the draft plan to Submit written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

Start Further Info


Cheryl Ford, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-6737,

End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information


I. Background

Signed into law on July 9, 2012, GDUFA is designed to speed the delivery of safe and effective generic drugs to the public. GDUFA increases FDA's authorities and responsibilities to address issues such as drug shortages, drug supply chain, safety, security, and drug innovation. As generic drugs account for more than three-quarters of all prescriptions dispensed in the United States, GDUFA authorizes FDA to collect user fees from industry that will provide funding to expand and modernize FDA's generic drug regulatory process.

The draft GDUFA IT plan considers assumptions, available resources, and statutory requirements that conform to the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), signed into law on July 9, 2012. Section 1136 of FDASIA, Electronic Submission of Applications, gives FDA the authority to require a standardized electronic format for the submission of information and data in standardized formats. Section 1136 addresses abbreviated new drug applications under the GDUFA program as well as investigational new drug applications, biologics license applications, and new drug applications under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act program and describes new standards and processes affecting drug and biologics approvals, drug supply chain, and other topics related to human pharmaceuticals. The draft GDUFA IT plan describes key activities for enabling progress toward achieving GDUFA IT goals.

II. Comments

Interested persons may submit either electronic comments regarding this document to or written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES). 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

III. Electronic Access

Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the document at either​ForIndustry/​UserFees/​default.htm or

Start Signature

Dated: December 20, 2013.

Leslie Kux,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

End Signature End Supplemental Information

[FR Doc. 2013-31008 Filed 12-24-13; 8:45 am]