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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request

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Office of the Secretary, HHS.




In compliance with section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services, has submitted an Information Collection Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR is for a new collection. Comments submitted during the first public review of this ICR will be provided to OMB. OMB will accept further comments from the public on this ICR during the review and approval period.


Comments on the ICR must be received on or before January 23, 2017.


Submit your comments to or via facsimile to (202) 395-5806.

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Information Collection Clearance staff, or (202) 690-5683.

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When submitting comments or requesting information, please include the Information Collection Request Title and document identifier 0990-New-30D for reference.

Information Collection Request Title: National Tissue Recovery through Utilization Survey (NTRUS).

Abstract: The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services, is requesting OMB approval on a new ICR. This survey is being conducted to generate national estimates of recovery through utilization activity; of donated human tissue for calendar years 2012 and 2015, and to compare metrics across three data collection periods that includes results from a 2007 survey, the most recent year these data were collected. The survey and data collection and analysis methods will be similar to the 2007 survey. The general categories of information to be collected are listed under the Survey Section of the Annualized Burden Hour table below.

Need and Proposed Use of the Information: Policy advice provided by the HHS Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability to the HHS Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Health is used to direct departmental efforts to address transfusion and transplantation issues, such as emergency preparedness and infectious disease transmission related to donated human tissue. The advice provided is partly dependent on analysis of relevant information, such as tissue collection through utilizations data.

Likely Respondents: Respondents for this survey would be U.S. tissue banks that screen and recover tissue from living and deceased donors, and process, store, and/or distribute tissues grafts for transplantation from these donors.

The total annual burden hours estimated for this ICR are summarized in the table below.

Total Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

Type of respondentSurvey sectionNumber of respondentsNumber responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)Total burden hours
All tissue banksTissue bank activities, tissue types handled, and inspections110110/6018.33
Tissue banks that handle referrals, Recover/acquire tissueReferrals, authorization, and informed consent; Tissue recovery and acquisition801180
Tissue banks that process tissueTissue processing351135
Tissue banks that store tissueTissue storage65120/6021.67
Tissue banks that distribute tissueTissue distribution58130/6029
Tissue banks that have donor infectious disease testing performed and may handle adverse outcome reportsCommunicable disease testing and adverse outcome reports351135
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Terry S. Clark,

Asst Information Collection Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2016-30786 Filed 12-21-16; 8:45 am]