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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Testing Communications on Food and Drug Administration-Regulated Products Used in Animals

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Food and Drug Administration, HHS.




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 and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on communication studies involving FDA-regulated products intended for use in animals. This information will be used to explore concepts of interest and assist in the development and modification of communication messages and campaigns to fulfill the Agency's mission to protect the public health.


Submit written or electronic comments on the collection of information by August 15, 2014.


Submit electronic comments on the collection of information to Submit written comments on the collection of information 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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FDA PRA Staff, Office of Operations, Food and Drug Administration, 8455 Colesville Rd., COLE-14526, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002,

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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 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.

Testing Communications on FDA/Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM)—Regulated Products Used in Animals—21 U.S.C. 393(d)(2)(D) (OMB Control Number 0910-0689)—Extension

FDA is authorized by section 393(d)(2)(D) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 393(d)(2)(D)) to conduct educational and public information programs relating to the safety of CVM-regulated products. FDA must conduct needed research to ensure that such programs have the highest likelihood of being effective. FDA expects that improving communications about the safety of regulated animal drugs, feed, food additives, and devices will involve many research methods, including individual indepth interviews, mall-intercept interviews, focus groups, self-administered surveys, gatekeeper reviews, and omnibus telephone surveys.

The information collected will serve three major purposes. First, as formative research it will provide critical knowledge needed about target audiences to develop messages and campaigns about the use of FDA-regulated products for use in animals. Knowledge of consumer and veterinary professional decision-making processes will provide the better understanding of target audiences that FDA needs to design effective communication Start Printed Page 34313strategies, messages, labels, and labeling. These communications will aim to improve public understanding of the risks and benefits of using regulated animal drugs, feed, food additives, and devices by providing users with a better context in which to place risk information more completely.

Second, as initial testing, it will allow FDA to assess the potential effectiveness of messages and materials in reaching and successfully communicating with their intended audiences. Testing messages with a sample of the target audience will allow FDA to refine messages while still in the developmental stage. Respondents will be asked to give their reaction to the messages in either individual or group settings.

Third, as evaluative research, it will allow FDA to ascertain the effectiveness of the messages and the distribution method of these messages in achieving the objectives of the message campaign. Evaluation of campaigns is a vital link in continuous improvement of communications at FDA.

FDA estimates the burden of this collection of information based on recent prior experience with the various types of data collection methods described in this document:

Table 1—Estimated Annual Reporting Burden 1

21 U.S.C. 393(d)(2)(D)Number of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal annual responsesAverage burden per responseTotal hours
Individual Indepth Interviews36013600.75 (45 minutes)270
General Public Focus Group Interviews28812881.5432
Intercept Interviews: Central Location60016000.25 (15 minutes)150
Intercept Interviews: Telephone2 10,000110,0000.08 (5 minutes)800
Self-Administered Surveys2,40012,4000.25 (15 minutes)600
Gatekeeper Reviews40014000.50 (30 minutes)200
Omnibus Surveys2,40012,4000.17 (10 minutes)408
Total (General Public)16,44816,4482,860
Veterinarian/Scientific Expert Focus Group Interviews28812880.75216
Total (Veterinarians/Scientific Experts)2881288216
Total (Overall)16,736116,7363,076
1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
2 These are brief interviews with callers to test message concepts and strategies following their call-in request to an FDA Center 1-800 number.

Annually, FDA projects about 30 studies with 16,736 respondents, using a variety of research methods and lasting an average of 0.17 hours each (varying from 0.08-1.5 hours).

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Dated: June 9, 2014.

Leslie Kux,

Assistant Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2014-13929 Filed 6-13-14; 8:45 am]