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Food and Drug Administration, HHS.


Notice of public workshop; request for comments.


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public workshop entitled “Ninth Annual Sentinel Initiative Public Workshop.” Convened by the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University and supported by a cooperative agreement with FDA, this 1-day workshop will bring the stakeholder community together to discuss a variety of topics on active medical product surveillance. Topics will include an update on the state of FDA's Sentinel Initiative, including an overview of the current state of Sentinel System safety surveillance activities, and uses of the Sentinel System accomplished in 2016. In addition, panelists will discuss the future of the Sentinel System and opportunities to expand its medical product surveillance capabilities. This workshop will also engage stakeholders to discuss current and emerging Sentinel Initiative projects.


The public workshop will be held on February 2, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST). Submit either electronic or written comments by March 2, 2017.


Location: The public workshop will be held at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center at the Kaiser Family Foundation, 1330 G St. NW., Washington, DC 20005. For additional travel and hotel information, please refer to​events/​ninth-annual-sentinel-initiative-public-workshop. FDA has verified the meeting Web site addresses throughout this notice, but FDA is not responsible for subsequent changes to the Web sites after this document publishes in the Federal Register. There will also be a live Webcast for those unable to attend the meeting in person (see Streaming Webcast of the Public Workshop).

You may submit comments as follows:

Electronic Submissions

Submit electronic comments in the following way:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Comments submitted electronically, including attachments, to 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
  • 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-2016-N-3631 for “Ninth Annual Sentinel Initiative; Public Workshop.” 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.

  • 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 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:​regulatoryinformation/​dockets/​default.htm.

Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or the electronic and written/paper comments received, go to 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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Carlos Bell, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 22, Rm. 4343, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-3714, FAX: 301-796-9832, email:

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Registration: To attend the public workshop, you must register before February 2, 2017, by visiting​events/​ninth-annual-sentinel-initiative-public-workshop. You may also register for the live Webcast by visiting this Web page. There will be no onsite registration. When registering, please provide the following information: Your name, title, company or organization (if applicable), postal address, telephone number, and email address. Those without Internet access should contact Carlos Bell to register (See FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). There is no registration fee for the public workshop. However, registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis because seating is limited. Therefore, early registration is recommended. Upon registering, attendees will receive an confirmatory email, containing event materials. A 1-hour lunch break is scheduled, but food will not be provided. There are multiple restaurants within walking distance of the Barbara Jordan Conference Center at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Joanna Higgison at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy (phone: 908-432-4872, email: at least 7 days in advance.

Streaming Webcast of the Public Workshop: This public workshop will also be Webcast (archived video footage will be available following the workshop at​events/​ninth-annual-sentinel-initiative-public-workshop). Persons interested in viewing the live Webcast must register online by February 1, 2017, at 5 p.m. EST. Early registration is recommended because Webcast connections are limited. Organizations are requested to register all participants, and view the workshop using one connection per location whenever possible. Webcast participants will be sent technical system requirements upon registering. Prior to joining the streaming Webcast of the public workshop, it is recommended that you review these technical system requirements.

Meeting Materials: All event materials will be sent to registered attendees via email before the workshop. The event materials will also be available to view on the Duke-Margolis Web site at​events/​ninth-annual-sentinel-initiative-public-workshop.

Transcripts: Please be advised that transcripts will not be available.

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Dated: November 3, 2016.

Leslie Kux,

Associate Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2016-26934 Filed 11-7-16; 8:45 am]