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Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Guidance on Meetings With Industry and Investigators on the Research and Development of Tobacco Products

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Food and Drug Administration, HHS.




The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) 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 July 1, 2019.


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 0910-0731. Also include the FDA docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document.

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Amber Sanford, Office of Operations, Food and Drug Administration, Three White Flint North, 10A-12M, 11601 Landsdown St., North Bethesda, MD 20852, 301-796-8867,

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In compliance with 44 U.S.C. 3507, FDA has submitted the following proposed collection of information to OMB for review and clearance.

Guidance on Meetings With Industry and Investigators on the Research and Development of Tobacco Products

OMB Control Number 0910-0731—Extension

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Pub. L. 111-31) offers tobacco product manufacturers several pathways to obtain an order from FDA to authorize the marketing of a new tobacco product before it may be introduced or delivered into interstate commerce. To provide assistance with these pathways to market products, FDA will meet with tobacco product manufacturers, importers, researchers, and investigators (or their representatives) when appropriate as described in Guidance on Meetings with Industry and Investigators on the Research and Development of Tobacco Products. This guidance is intended to assist persons who seek meetings with FDA relating to their research to inform the regulation of tobacco products, or to support the development or marketing of tobacco products. The original guidance issued in 2012 was revised for updating and clarity in July 2016.

In the guidance, the Agency discusses, among other things:

  • What information FDA recommends persons include in a meeting request;
  • How and when to submit a request; and
  • What information FDA recommends persons submit prior to a meeting.

This guidance describes two collections of information: (1) The submission of a meeting request containing certain information and (2) the submission of an information package in advance of the meeting. The purpose of this proposed information collection is to allow FDA to conduct meetings with tobacco manufacturers, importers, researchers, and investigators in an effective and efficient manner. FDA issued this guidance and the revisions consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulations (21 CFR 10.115).

Meeting Requests: The guidance sets forth FDA's recommendations for materials to be included in a request for a meeting with FDA to discuss the research and development of tobacco products. In the guidance, FDA recommends that the following information be included in the meeting request:

1. Product name and FDA-assigned Submission Tracking Number (if applicable);

2. Product category (e.g., cigarettes, smokeless tobacco) (if applicable);

3. Product use (indicate for consumer use or for further manufacturing);

4. Contact information for the authorized point of contact for the company requesting the meeting;

5. The topic of the meeting being requested (e.g., a new tobacco product application, an application for permission to market a modified risk tobacco product, or investigational use of a new tobacco product);

6. A brief statement of the purpose of the meeting, which could include a discussion of the types of studies or data to be discussed at the meeting, the general nature of the primary questions to be asked, and where the meeting fits in the overall product development plans;

7. A preliminary list of the specific objectives/outcomes expected from the meeting;

8. A preliminary proposed agenda, including an estimate of the time needed and a designated speaker for each agenda item;

9. A preliminary list of specific questions, grouped by discipline (e.g., chemistry, clinical, nonclinical);

10. A list of all individuals who will attend the meeting on behalf of the tobacco product manufacturer, importer, researcher, or investigator, including titles and responsibilities;

11. The date on which the meeting information package will be received by FDA; and

12. Suggested format of the meeting (e.g., conference call, in-person meeting at FDA offices, video conference, or written response) and suggested dates and times for the meeting. Meetings are usually scheduled for 1 hour.

This information will be used by the Agency to: (1) Determine the utility of the meeting, (2) identify Agency staff necessary to discuss proposed agenda items, and (3) schedule the meeting.

Meeting Information Packages: An individual submitting a meeting information package to FDA in advance of a meeting should provide summary information relevant to the product and supplementary information pertaining to any issue raised by the individual or FDA to be discussed at the meeting. As stated in the guidance, FDA recommends that meeting information packages generally include updates of information that was submitted with the meeting request and, as applicable:

1. Product composition and design data summary;

2. Manufacturing and process control data summary;

3. Nonclinical data summary;

4. Clinical data summary;

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6. User and nonuser perception data summary; and

7. Investigational plans for studies and surveillance of the tobacco product, including a summary of proposed study protocols containing the following information (as applicable):

a. Study objective(s);

b. Study hypotheses;

c. Study design;

d. Study population (inclusion/exclusion criteria, comparison group(s));

e. Human subject protection information, including Institutional Review Board information;

f. Primary and secondary endpoints (definition and success criteria);

g. Sample size calculation;

h. Data collection procedures;

i. Duration of follow up and baseline and follow up assessments, and

j. Data analysis plan(s).

The purpose of the information package is to provide Agency staff the opportunity to adequately prepare for the meeting, including the review of relevant data concerning the product. In the Agency's experience, reviewing such information is critical to achieving a productive meeting. If the information package was previously submitted in the meeting request, it should be revised, as applicable, so that the information reflects the most current and accurate information available.

In the Federal Register of September 12, 2018 (83 FR 46174), FDA published a 60-day notice requesting public comment on the proposed collection of information. Three comments were received; however, none were PRA related.

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

Table 1—Estimated Annual Reporting Burden 1

ActivityNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentTotal annual responsesAverage burden per responseTotal hours
Meeting Requests
Combining and Sending Meeting Request Letters for Manufacturers, Importers, and Researchers8318310830
Meeting Information Packages
Combining and Submitting Meeting Information Packages for Manufacturers, Importers, and Researchers83183181,494
1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.

FDA's estimate of the number of respondents for meeting requests in table 1 is based on the number of meeting requests received and projected over the next 3 years. FDA estimates that 83 preapplication meetings will be requested.

The hours per response for combining and sending meeting request letters are estimated at 10 hours each, and the total burden hours for meeting requests are expected to be 830 hours. Based on FDA's experience, the Agency expects it will take respondents this amount of time to prepare, gather, copy, and submit brief statements about the product and a description of the purpose and details of the meeting.

FDA estimates that 83 respondents will compile meeting information packages and submit to FDA at 18 hours per response. Based on FDA's experience, the Agency expects that it will take respondents, collectively, 1,494 hours (83 respondents × 18 hours) to gather, copy, and submit brief statements about the product, a description of the details of the anticipated meeting, and data and information that generally would already have been generated for the planned research and/or product development.

The total number of burden hours for this collection of information is estimated to be 2,324 hours (830 hours to prepare and submit meeting requests and 1,494 hours to prepare and submit information packages).

Our estimated burden for the information collection reflects an overall increase of 16 respondents and 448 hours. We attribute this adjustment to an increase in the number of industry meetings as the premarket tobacco application compliance deadlines will come due in the next 3 years.

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Dated: May 23, 2019.

Lowell J. Schiller,

Principal Associate Commissioner for Policy.

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[FR Doc. 2019-11225 Filed 5-29-19; 8:45 am]