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Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products From Adipose Tissue: Regulatory Considerations; Draft Guidance for Industry; Reopening of the Comment Period

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notification; reopening of the comment period.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reopening the comment period for the draft document entitled “Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products from Adipose Tissue: Regulatory Considerations; Draft Guidance for Industry” published in the Federal Register of December 24, 2014. FDA is reopening the comment period to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments and any new information.

DATES:

Submit either electronic or written comments on the draft guidance by April 29, 2016.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments as follows:

Electronic Submissions

Submit electronic comments in the following way:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Comments submitted electronically, including attachments, to http://www.regulations.gov will be posted to the docket unchanged. Because your comment will be made public, you are solely responsible for ensuring that your comment does not include any confidential information that you or a third party may not wish to be posted, such as medical information, your or anyone else's Social Security number, or confidential business information, such as a manufacturing process. Please note that if you include your name, contact information, or other information that identifies you in the body of your comments, that information will be posted on http://www.regulations.gov.
  • If you want to submit a comment with confidential information that you do not wish to be made available to the public, submit the comment as a written/paper submission and in the manner detailed (see “Written/Paper Submissions” and “Instructions”).

Written/Paper Submissions

Submit written/paper submissions as follows:

  • Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for written/paper submissions): Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
  • For written/paper comments submitted to the Division of Dockets Management, FDA will post your comment, as well as any attachments, except for information submitted, marked and identified, as confidential, if submitted as detailed in “Instructions.”

Instructions: All submissions received must include the Docket No. FDA-2014-D-1856 for “Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products from Adipose Tissue: Regulatory Considerations; Draft Guidance for Industry.” Received comments will be placed in the docket and, except for those submitted as “Confidential Submissions,” publicly viewable at http://www.regulations.gov or at the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • Confidential Submissions—To submit a comment with confidential information that you do not wish to be made publicly available, submit your comments only as a written/paper submission. You should submit two copies total. One copy will include the information you claim to be confidential with a heading or cover note that states “THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION”. The Agency will review this copy, including the claimed confidential information, in its consideration of comments. The second copy, which will have the claimed confidential information redacted/blacked out, will be available for public viewing and posted on http://www.regulations.gov. Submit both copies to the Division of Dockets Management. If you do not wish your name and contact information to be made publicly available, you can provide this information on the cover sheet and not in the body of your comments and you must identify this information as “confidential”. Any information marked as “confidential” will not be disclosed except in accordance with 21 CFR 10.20 and other applicable disclosure law. For more information about FDA's posting of comments to public dockets, see 80 FR 56469, September 18, 2015, or access the information at: http://www.fda.gov/​regulatoryinformation/​dockets/​default.htm.

Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or the electronic and written/paper comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number, found in brackets in the heading of this document, into the “Search” box and follow the prompts and/or go to the Division of Dockets Management, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lori J. Churchyard, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 7301, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 240-402-7911.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

In the Federal Register of December 24, 2014 (79 FR 77414), FDA announced the availability of a draft document entitled “Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products from Adipose Tissue: Regulatory Considerations; Draft Guidance for Industry” dated December 2014. The draft guidance document provides sponsors, clinicians, and other establishments that manufacture and use adipose tissue, with recommendations for complying with the regulatory framework for human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products (HCT/Ps). For purposes of applying the HCT/P regulatory framework, FDA considers connective tissue, including adipose tissue, to be a structural tissue. Interested persons were originally given until February 23, 2015, to comment on the draft guidance.

Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, FDA is announcing four other related documents. In a separate document, FDA is announcing a public hearing entitled “Draft Guidances Relating to the Regulation of Human Cells, Tissues, or Cellular or Tissue-Based Products; Public Hearing; Request for Comments” (part 15 hearing) to be held on April 13, 2016, to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to discuss FDA's policy on regulation of HCT/Ps related to the four draft guidances on the following topics: Homologous use, same surgical procedure exception, minimal manipulation, and adipose tissue.

In a separate document, FDA is announcing the availability of a draft document entitled “Homologous Use of Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products; Draft Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff.”

In separate documents, FDA is also reopening the comment periods to Start Printed Page 66850FDA's public dockets on the previously issued draft guidance documents on the following topics related to HCT/Ps: Minimal manipulation (Docket No. FDA-2014-D-1696) and same surgical procedure exception (Docket No. FDA-2014-D-1584).

II. Reopening of Comment Period

Following publication of December 24, 2014, notice of availability, FDA received several requests to allow interested persons additional time to comment. In conjunction with the part 15 hearing and announcement of availability of the homologous use draft guidance, FDA is reopening the comment period to allow potential respondents to thoroughly evaluate and address pertinent issues. The adipose tissue draft guidance and other related guidances (homologous use, minimal manipulation, same surgical procedure exception) all deal with the interpretation of the regulations under 21 CFR part 1271 that will be addressed as part of the part 15 hearing.

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Dated: October 27, 2015.

Leslie Kux,

Associate Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2015-27706 Filed 10-29-15; 8:45 am]

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