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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Institutional Review Boards

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Food and Drug Administration, HHS.




The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is announcing that a proposed collection of information has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA).


Fax written comments on the collection of information by May 25, 2017.


To ensure that comments on the information collection are received, OMB recommends that written comments be faxed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: FDA Desk Officer, FAX: 202-395-7285, or emailed to All comments should be identified with the OMB control number 0910-0130. Also include the FDA docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document.

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For specific questions for FDA related to this document, contact JonnaLynn Capezzuto, Office of Operations, Food and Drug Administration, Three White Flint North, 10A63, 11601 Landsdown St., North Bethesda, MD 20852, 301-796-3794.

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Institutional Review Boards—21 CFR 56.115—OMB Control Number 0910-0130—Extension

When reviewing clinical research studies regulated by FDA, institutional review boards (IRBs) are required to create and maintain records describing their operations, and make the records available for FDA inspection when requested. These records include: Written procedures describing the structure and membership of the IRB and the methods that the IRB will use in performing its functions; the research protocols, informed consent documents, progress reports, and reports of injuries to subjects submitted by investigators to the IRB; minutes of meetings showing attendance, votes, and decisions made by the IRB, the number of votes on each decision for, against, and abstaining; the basis for requiring changes in or disapproving research; records of continuing review activities; copies of all correspondence between investigators and the IRB; statement of significant new findings provided to subjects of the research; and a list of IRB members by name, showing each member's earned degrees, representative capacity, and experience in sufficient detail to describe each member's contributions to the IRB's deliberations; and any employment relationship between each member and the IRB's institution. This information is used by FDA in conducting audit inspections of IRBs to determine whether IRBs and clinical investigators are providing adequate protections to human subjects participating in clinical research.

The recordkeeping requirement burden is based on the following: The burden for the paragraphs under 21 CFR 56.115 has been considered as one Start Printed Page 19057estimated burden. This burden estimate assumes that there are approximately 2,520 IRBs, that each IRB meets on an average of 14.6 times annually, and that approximately 100 hours of person-time per meeting are required to meet the requirements of the regulation.

In the Federal Register of November 1, 2016 (81 FR 75826), we published a 60-day notice requesting public comment on the proposed extension of this collection of information. No comments were received in response to the notice.

FDA estimates the burden of this collection as follows:

Table 1—Estimated Annual Recordkeeping Burden 1

21 CFR part 56; subpart D; records and reportsNumber of recordkeepersNumber of records per recordkeeperTotal annual recordsAverage burden per recordkeepingTotal hours
1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
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Dated: April 19, 2017.

Anna K. Abram,

Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning, Legislation, and Analysis.

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[FR Doc. 2017-08327 Filed 4-24-17; 8:45 am]