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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Additional Criteria and Procedures for Classifying Over-the-Counter Drugs as Generally Recognized as Safe and Effective and Not Misbranded

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the Agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Federal Agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the collection of information associated with the criteria and procedures for classifying over-the-counter (OTC) drugs as generally recognized as safe and effective and not misbranded.

DATES:

Submit either electronic or written comments on the collection of information by July 31, 2017. Late, untimely filed comments will not be considered. Electronic comments must be submitted on or before July 31, 2017. The https://www.regulations.gov electronic filing system will accept comments until midnight Eastern Time at the end of July 31, 2017. Comments received by mail/hand delivery/courier (for written/paper submissions) will be considered timely if they are postmarked or the delivery service acceptance receipt is on or before that date.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments as follows:

Electronic Submissions

Submit electronic comments in the following way:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Comments submitted electronically, including attachments, to https://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 https://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-2010-N-0493 for “Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Additional Criteria and Procedures for Classifying Over-the-counter Drugs as Generally Recognized as Safe and Effective and Not Misbranded.” Received comments, those received in a timely manner (see DATES), will be placed in the docket and, except for those submitted as “Confidential Submissions,” publicly viewable at https://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 https://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: https://www.gpo.gov/​fdsys/​pkg/​FR-2015-09-18/​pdf/​2015-23389.pdf.

Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or the electronic and written/paper comments received, go to https://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:

JonnaLynn Capezzuto, Office of Operations, Food and Drug Administration, Three White Flint North, 10A63, 11601 Landsdown St., North Bethesda, MD 20852, 301-796-3794, PRAStaff@fda.hhs.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal Agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. “Collection of information” is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes Agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires Federal Agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, FDA is publishing notice of the proposed collection of information set forth in this document.

With respect to the following collection of information, FDA invites comments on these topics: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information Start Printed Page 24724is necessary for the proper performance of FDA's functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of FDA's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques, when appropriate, and other forms of information technology.

Additional Criteria and Procedures for Classifying OTC Drugs as Generally Recognized as Safe and Effective and Not Misbranded—21 CFR 330.14; OMB Control Number 0910-0688—Revision

FDA regulations at § 330.14 (21 CFR 330.14) establish additional criteria and procedures for classifying OTC drugs as generally recognized as safe and effective and not misbranded. These regulations state that OTC drug products introduced into the U.S. market after the OTC drug review began and OTC drug products without any marketing experience in the United States can be evaluated under the monograph process if the conditions (e.g., active ingredients) meet certain “time and extent” criteria outlined in the regulations. The regulations allow a time and extent application (TEA) to be submitted to us by any party for our consideration to include new conditions in the OTC drug monograph system. TEAs must provide evidence described in § 330.14(c) demonstrating that the condition is eligible for inclusion in the monograph system. (Section 330.14(d) specifies the number of copies and address for submission of a TEA.) If a condition is found eligible, any interested parties can submit safety and effectiveness information as explained in § 330.14(f). Safety and effectiveness data includes the data and information listed in § 330.10(a)(2), a listing of all serious adverse drug experiences that may have occurred (§ 330.14(f)(2)), and an official or proposed compendial monograph (§ 330.14(i)).

Based on our experience with submissions we have received under § 330.14, we estimate that we will receive two TEAs and two safety and effectiveness submissions each year, and that it will take approximately 1,525 hours to prepare a TEA and 2,350 hours to prepare a comprehensive safety and effectiveness submission. This information is reflected in rows 1 and 2 of table 1.

Recently FDA revised its regulations at 21 CFR part 330 (81 FR 84465, November 23, 2016), thus adding 6 hours to FDA's estimated annual reporting burden for the information collection. Specifically, § 330.14(j) clarifies the requirements on content and format criteria for a safety and effectiveness data submission, and provides procedures for FDA's review of the submissions and determination of whether a submission is sufficiently complete to permit a substantive review. Section 330.14(j)(3) describes the process for cases in which FDA refuses to file the safety and effectiveness data submission. Under § 330.14(j)(3), if FDA refuses to file the submission, the Agency will notify the sponsor in writing, state the reason(s) for the refusal, and provide the sponsor with 30 days in which to submit a written request for an informal conference with the Agency about whether the Agency should file the submission. We estimate that approximately one respondent will annually submit a request for an informal conference, and that preparing and submitting each request will take approximately 1 hour. This is reflected in row 3 of table 1.

Under § 330.14(j)(4)(iii), the safety and effectiveness data submission must contain a signed statement that the submission represents a complete safety and effectiveness data submission and that the submission includes all the safety and effectiveness data and information available to the sponsor at the time of the submission, whether positive or negative. We estimate that approximately two respondents annually will submit such signed statements, and that preparing and submitting each signed statement will take approximately 1 hour. This is reflected in row 4 of table 1.

Under § 330.14(k)(1), FDA, in response to a written request from a sponsor, may withdraw consideration of a TEA submitted under § 330.14(c) or a safety and effectiveness data submission submitted under § 330.14(f). We estimate that approximately one respondent will annually submit such a request, and that preparing and submitting the request will take approximately 1 hour. This is reflected in row 5 of table 1.

Under § 330.14(k)(2), a sponsor may request that FDA not withdraw consideration of a TEA or safety and effectiveness data submission. We estimate one respondent will annually submit such a request, and that preparing and submitting the request will take approximately 2 hours. This is reflected in row 6 of table 1.

Accordingly, FDA estimates the burden of this collection of information as follows:

Table 1—Estimated Annual Reporting Burden 1

21 CFR part 330; activityNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal annual responsesAverage burden per responseTotal hours
330.14(c) and (d); Time and extent application and submission of information2121,5253,050
330.14(f) and (i); Safety and effectiveness data2122,3504,700
330.14(j)(3); sponsor request for informal conference11111
330.14(j)(4); sponsor signed statement that submission is complete21212
330.14(k)(l); sponsor request for FDA withdraw of TEA consideration11111
330.14(k)(2); sponsor request for FDA to not deem submission withdrawn11122
Total7,756
1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
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Dated: May 23, 2017.

Anna K. Abram,

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

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