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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Medical Devices; Device Tracking

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the Agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), Federal Agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on information collection requirements for the tracking of medical devices.

DATES:

Submit either electronic or written comments on the collection of information by June 24, 2014.

ADDRESSES:

Submit electronic comments on the collection of information to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments on the collection of Start Printed Page 22992information to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. All comments should be identified with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

FDA PRA Staff, Office of Operations, Food and Drug Administration, 1350 Piccard Dr., PI50-400B, Rockville, MD 20850, PRAStaff@fda.hhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal Agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. “Collection of information” is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes Agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires Federal Agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, FDA is publishing notice of the proposed collection of information set forth in this document.

With respect to the following collection of information, FDA invites comments on these topics: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of FDA's functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of FDA's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques, when appropriate, and other forms of information technology.

Medical Devices; Device Tracking—21 CFR Part 821 (OMB Control Number 0910-0442)—Extension

Section 211 of the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act (FDAMA) (Pub. L. 105-115) became effective on February 19, 1998. FDAMA amended the previous medical device tracking provisions under section 519(e)(1) and (e)(2) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. 360i(e)(1) and (e)(2)) that were added by the Safe Medical Devices Act of 1990 (SMDA) (Pub. L. 101-629). Unlike the tracking provisions under SMDA, which required tracking of any medical device meeting certain criteria, FDAMA allows FDA discretion in applying tracking provisions to medical devices meeting certain criteria and provides that tracking requirements for medical devices can be imposed only after FDA issues an order. In the Federal Register of February 8, 2002 (67 FR 5943), FDA issued a final rule that conformed existing tracking regulations to changes in tracking provisions effected by FDAMA under part 821 (21 CFR part 821).

Section 519(e)(1) of the FD&C Act, as amended by FDAMA, provides that FDA may require by order that a manufacturer adopt a method for tracking a class II or III medical device, if the device meets one of the three following criteria: (1) The failure of the device would be reasonably likely to have serious adverse health consequences, (2) the device is intended to be implanted in the human body for more than 1 year (referred to as a “tracked implant”), or (3) the device is life-sustaining or life-supporting (referred to as a “tracked l/s-l/s device”) and is used outside a device user facility.

Tracked device information is collected to facilitate identifying the current location of medical devices and patients possessing those devices, to the extent that patients permit the collection of identifying information. Manufacturers and FDA (where necessary) use the data to: (1) Expedite the recall of distributed medical devices that are dangerous or defective and (2) facilitate the timely notification of patients or licensed practitioners of the risks associated with the medical device.

In addition, the regulations include provisions for: (1) Exemptions and variances; (2) system and content requirements for tracking; (3) obligations of persons other than device manufacturers, e.g., distributors; (4) records and inspection requirements; (5) confidentiality; and (6) record retention requirements.

Respondents for this collection of information are medical device manufacturers, importers, and distributors of tracked implants or tracked l/s-l/s devices used outside a device user facility. Distributors include multiple and final distributors, including hospitals.

The annual hourly burden for respondents involved with medical device tracking is estimated to be 615,380 hours per year. The burden estimates cited in tables 1, 2, and 3 of this document are based on the number of device tracking orders issued in the last 3 years.

This regulation also refers to previously approved collections of information found in FDA regulations. These collections of information are subject to review by Office of Management and Budget under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). The collections of information found in §§ 821.2(b), 821.25(e), and 821.30(e) have been approved under OMB control number 0910-0183.

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

Table 1—Estimated Annual Reporting Burden 1

Activity/21 CFR PartNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal annual responsesAverage burden per responseTotal hours
Discontinuation of business—821.1(d)11111
Exemption or variance—821.2 and 821.30(e)11111
Notification of failure to comply—821.25(d)11111
Multiple distributor data—821.30(c)(2)11111
Total4
1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
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Table 2—Estimated Annual Recordkeeping Burden 1

Activity/21 CFR PartNumber of recordkeepersNumber of records per recordkeeperTotal annual recordsAverage burden per recordkeepingTotal hours
Tracking information—821.25(a)1211276912
Record of tracking data—821.25(b)1246,260555,1201555,120
Standard operating procedures—821.25(c) 21211263756
Manufacturer data audit—821.25(c)(3)121,12413,488113,488
Multiple distributor data and distributor tracking records—821.30(c)(2) and (d)22,000122,000122,000
Total592,276
1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
2 One-time burden.

Table 3—Estimated Annual Third-Party Disclosure Burden 1

Activity/21 CFR PartNumber of respondentsNumber of disclosures per respondentTotal annual disclosuresAverage burden per disclosureTotal hours
Acquisition of tracked devices and final distributor data—821.30(a) and (b)22,000122,000122,000
Multiple distributor data and distributor tracking records—821.30(c)(2) and (d)1,10011,10011,100
Total23,100
1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
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Dated: April 21, 2014.

Leslie Kux,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2014-09467 Filed 4-24-14; 8:45 am]

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