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Sunscreen Innovation Act: Section 586C(c) Advisory Committee Process; Guidance for Industry; Availability

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Food and Drug Administration, HHS.


Notice of availability.


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is announcing the availability of a guidance for industry entitled “Sunscreen Innovation Act: Section 586C(c) Advisory Committee Process.” This guidance explains the process by which FDA intends to carry out the section of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act), as amended by the Sunscreen Innovation Act (SIA), which governs the convening of advisory committees to provide recommendations on requests submitted under the SIA regarding nonprescription sunscreen active ingredients and the number of requests to be considered per meeting. The recommendations in this guidance apply to 586A requests submitted under the FD&C Act and to pending requests as defined by the SIA that seek a determination from FDA on whether a nonprescription sunscreen active ingredient, or a combination of nonprescription sunscreen active ingredients, is generally recognized as safe and effective (GRASE) for use under specified conditions and should be included in the over-the-counter (OTC) sunscreen drug monograph. The SIA describes specific circumstances under which FDA is not required to convene or submit requests to the Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee (NDAC). We are issuing this guidance pursuant to the SIA, which directs FDA to issue guidance on four topics, including the topic discussed in this guidance. This guidance finalizes the draft guidance on the same topic issued on November 23, 2015.


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  • 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-2015-D-3990 for “Sunscreen Innovation Act: Section 586C(c) Advisory Committee Process.” Received comments will be placed in the docket and, except for those submitted as “Confidential Submissions,” publicly viewable at or at the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Kristen Hardin, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 22, Rm. 5443, Silver Spring, MD 20993, 240-402-4246.

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I. Background

FDA is announcing the availability of a guidance for industry entitled “Sunscreen Innovation Act: Section 586C(c) Advisory Committee Process.” This guidance provides background information on the sunscreen OTC monograph process, as well as on the Agency's intended process for convening the NDAC. It also recommends procedures for sponsors of 586A requests (submitted under section 586A of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 360fff-1)) and for sponsors of pending requests (as defined by section 586(6) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 360fff (6))) to follow in requesting an NDAC meeting. This guidance also explains how FDA intends to process these requests and describes the factors the Agency may consider in determining whether and when to refer such requests to the NDAC.

This guidance finalizes the draft guidance that was issued under the same title on November 23, 2015 (see 80 FR 72972), and reflects FDA's consideration of public comments on the draft guidance. The draft guidance and related public comments are publicly available in Docket No. FDA-2015-D-3990. In addition to minor editorial changes, we have clarified the information in section III of the guidance on when to submit a request for an NDAC meeting.

This guidance is being issued consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The guidance represents the current thinking of FDA on the process by which the Agency will carry out section 586C(c) of the SIA (21 U.S.C. 360fff-3). It does not establish any rights for any person and is not binding on FDA or the public. You can use an alternative approach if it satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations.

II. Electronic Access

Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the guidance at either​Drugs/​GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/​Guidances/​default.htm or

III. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

This guidance contains collections of information that are exempt from the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520) (PRA). Section 586D(a)(1)(C) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C 360fff-4(a)(1)(C)) states that the PRA shall not apply to collections of information made for purposes of guidance under section 586D(a).

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Dated: October 5, 2016.

Leslie Kux,

Associate Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2016-24460 Filed 10-7-16; 8:45 am]