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Animal Drug User Fee Act; Recommendations; Request for Comments; Extension of Comment Period

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Food and Drug Administration, HHS.


Notice of availability; request for comments; extension of comment period.


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) is announcing the availability of the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) reauthorization draft recommendations and extending the comment period to allow interested persons 30 days to submit comments on these draft recommendations.


FDA is extending the comment period on the ADUFA reauthorization and draft recommendations. Submit either electronic or written comments on the draft recommendations by November 24, 2017.


You may submit comments as follows. Please note that late, untimely filed comments will not be considered. Electronic comments must be submitted on or before November 24, 2017. The electronic filing system will accept comments until midnight Eastern Time at the end November 24, 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.

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 Start Printed Page 49381the 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”).

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  • Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for written/paper submissions): Dockets Management Staff (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
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Instructions: All submissions received must include the Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0656 for “Animal Drug User Fee Act; Recommendations; Request for Comments; Extension of Comment Period.” Received comments, those filed in a timely manner (see ADDRESSES), will be placed in the docket and, except for those submitted as “Confidential Submissions,” publicly viewable at or at the Dockets Management Staff between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Cassie Ravo, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-10), Food and Drug Administration, 7500 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855, 240-402-6866,

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I. Background

FDA is announcing the availability of the proposed recommendations for the reauthorization of ADUFA, which authorizes FDA to collect user fees and use them for the process of reviewing new animal drug applications and associated submissions. The authority for ADUFA expires September 30, 2018. Without new legislation, FDA will no longer have the authority to collect user fees to fund the new animal drug review process for future fiscal years. Section 740A(d)(4) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. 379j-13(d)(4)) requires that, after holding negotiations with regulated industry and periodic consultations with stakeholders, and before transmitting the Agency's final recommendation to Congress for the reauthorized program (ADUFA IV), we do the following: (1) Present the recommendation to the relevant Congressional committees, (2) publish such recommendations in the Federal Register, (3) provide for a period of 30 days for the public to provide written comments on such recommendations, (4) hold a meeting at which the public may present its views on such recommendations, and (5) consider such public views and comments and revise such recommendations as necessary. In the Federal Register of October 5, 2017 (82 FR 46503), we announced a public meeting to be held on November 2, 2017. In that notice we stated that we intended to publish in the Federal Register the full text of the proposed ADUFA IV Performance Goals and Procedures Letter and a summary of proposed statutory changes, as well as post them at​ForIndustry/​UserFees/​AnimalDrugUserFeeActADUFA/​ucm042891.htm, before the public meeting, and would provide for a period of 30 days for the public to provide written comments. This notice announces the availability of these draft recommendations and extends the comment period to November 24, 2017 to provide for a period of 30 days for the public to comment on these draft recommendations. After the public meeting and closing of the comment period, we will revise the draft recommendations as necessary. In addition, the Agency will present the draft recommendations to the Congressional committees.

II. Proposed ADUFA IV Recommendations

A. Enhancing the Process for Premarket Review

We are proposing the following changes to the performance commitments previously established to further enhance the process for review of new animal drug applications (NADAs).

Beginning October 1, 2018, all applications and submissions under section 512(b) and 571 of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 360b(b) and 21 U.S.C. 360ccc, respectively) must be submitted to the Agency electronically using the eSubmitter tool.

The Agency will review and act on 90 percent of “Supplement-Changes Being Effected” manufacturing supplemental NADAs and reactivations submitted according to § 514.8(b)(3)(vi) (21 CFR 514.8(b)(3)(vi)) and in accordance with Guidance for Industry #83, “Chemistry, Manufacturing, and Controls Changes to an Approved NADA or ANADA” including manufacturing changes not requiring prior approval according to § 514.8(b)(3)(iv), within 180 days after the submission date. All other application and submission performance goals will remain the same as ADUFA III.

The Agency commits to working on implementation of the United States-European Union Good Manufacturing Start Printed Page 49382Practice Inspection Mutual Recognition Agreement. All other commitments related to pre-approval inspections will remain the same as ADUFA III.

The Agency will review and act on 90 percent of qualifying Animal Drug Availability Act (ADAA) combination medicated feed applications within 60 days after the submission date when all of the following conditions are met:

  • Basic regulatory requirements for an ADAA combination medicated feed application has been met as outlined in 21 CFR 514.4(c)(2)(ii).
  • A presubmission conference has been conducted and either:

○ No data (no tissue residue non-interference study is required) are needed and this agreement is documented in the memorandum of conference for the presubmission conference; or

○ A justification for not conducting a tissue residue non-interference study has been submitted, reviewed, and found acceptable under an investigational new animal drug (INAD), prior to the submission of the ADAA combination medicated feed application; or

○ A tissue residue non-interference study has been submitted, reviewed, and found acceptable under an INAD, prior to the submission of the ADAA combination medicated feed application.

  • No effectiveness or target animal safety data are required.
  • No manufacturing data requirements—sponsor can address in meeting assay non-interference, but data submission is not required.
  • All other information is referenced to previous drug experience reports.
  • Sponsor makes submission and it includes: Representative (Blue Bird) labeling, Veterinary Feed Directive (if applicable).
  • Includes a request for categorical exclusion from the need to prepare an environmental assessment (EA); i.e., no EA required.
  • Reference to presubmission conference.
  • Right of reference (if applicable) to NADA(s) not owned by the filing sponsor of the ADAA combination medicated feed application has been received by the Agency.

The Agency will review and act on 90 percent of ADAA combination medicated feed applications within 100 days for those applications accepted for the 60-day timeframe and there is a need for minor amendments.

If any of the above conditions cannot be met, the ADAA combination medicated feed application performance metric will be placed in the original NADA application cohort with a 180-day review timeframe.

The Agency will review and act on 90 percent of resubmissions of previously completed Environmental Impact technical sections within 60 days after the submission date where:

  • A categorical exclusion was issued;
  • All other technical sections have been submitted; and
  • Information contained in the other technical sections reveals a change in the conditions of use of the previously issued categorical exclusion.

The Agency will conduct 90 percent of qualifying presubmission conferences within a 60-day timeframe when all of the following conditions are met:

  • All background materials, including presentations, have been submitted, and
  • A complete agenda has been agreed upon by the Agency and the sponsor.

A sponsor and the Agency can mutually agree to exclude a particular presubmission conference from this performance goal. If a sponsor accepts a date beyond the 60-day timeframe for their scheduling purposes or is unable to meet with the Agency on Agency available dates, the submission will be excluded from the presubmission conference cohort.

The Agency will commence 90 percent of tissue residue method demonstrations within 120 days of completion of the 3-hour meeting process or within 200 days from the receipt of a submission that supports a single laboratory validation tissue residue method demonstration.

B. Inflation Adjuster and Workload Adjuster

The inflation adjuster will remain the same as for ADUFA III.

The workload adjustment will continue to be calculated per Center for Veterinary Medicine Program Policy and Procedures Manual 1243.3022, except that, for purposes of calculating the workload adjustment, it has been agreed to reset the base years to fiscal year (FY) 2014 through FY 2018. There will be no workload adjustment for FY 2019. Workload adjustments are one-time adjustments and are calculated annually.

C. Offset Provision and Excess Collections

The proposal adds financial flexibility by eliminating the final year offset of over collections provision and making any excess collections available to enhance the review process in real time. The proposal provides authority for the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) when setting fees to reduce a calculated workload adjustment up to the amount of excess collections in the second preceding fiscal year. The first fiscal year this provision could be applied while setting fees is FY 2021. Likewise, the proposal also provides authority to the Secretary to reduce an increase in fees to recover a shortfall in collections in a preceding year (after 2018) by any remaining prior year excess collections not already applied for purposes of reducing fee increases.

D. Impact of ADUFA IV Enhancements on User Fee Revenue

The FY 2019 baseline for ADUFA IV is $30,331,240, which includes a $400,000 one-time cost for information technology enhancement. For each year from FY 2020 through FY 2023, the annual statutory revenue amounts established in section 741(b) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 379j-21(b)) will be further adjusted by the inflation adjuster, the workload adjuster, if applicable, and will include $900,000 per year for tissue method trials.

The total 5-year revenue planned for ADUFA I was $47,000,000. The total 5-year revenue planned for ADUFA II was $98,000,000. The total 5-year revenue planned for ADUFA III was $114,000,000. It is estimated that the total 5-year revenue for ADUFA IV will be $150,000,000.

The fee revenue distribution in ADUFA IV will remain the same as ADUFA III: 20 percent from application fees; 27 percent from product fees; 26 percent from establishment fees; and 27 percent from sponsor fees.

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Dated: October 20, 2017.

Leslie Kux,

Associate Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2017-23172 Filed 10-24-17; 8:45 am]