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Guidance Documents Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019; Availability

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice of availability.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is announcing the availability of FDA guidance documents related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency (PHE). This notice of availability (NOA) is pursuant to the process that FDA announced, in the Federal Register of March 25, 2020, for making available to the public COVID-19-related guidances. The guidances identified in this notice address issues related to the COVID-19 PHE and have been issued in accordance with the process announced in the March 25, 2020, notice. The guidance documents have been implemented without prior comment, but they remain subject to comment in accordance with the Agency's good guidance practices.

DATES:

The announcement of the guidances is published in the Federal Register on August 3, 2020. The guidance documents have been implemented without prior comment, but they remain subject to comment in accordance with the Agency's good guidance practices.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit either electronic or written comments on Agency guidances at any time 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): 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 name of the guidance document that the comments address and the docket number for the guidance (see table 1). Received comments will be placed in the docket(s) and, except for those submitted as “Confidential Submissions,” publicly viewable at https://www.regulations.gov or at the Dockets Management Staff 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 Dockets Management Staff. 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.govinfo.gov/​content/​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 Dockets Management Staff, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

You may submit comments on any guidance at any time (see 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5)). Submit written requests for single copies of these guidances to the address noted in table 1. Send two self-addressed adhesive labels to assist that office in processing your requests. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the guidance document.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Stephen Ripley, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 7301, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 240- 402-7911; Kimberly Thomas, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 51, Rm. 6220, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-2357; Erica Takai, Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, Rm. 5456, HFZ-450, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-6353; Phil Chao, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), CPK1 Rm 1C001, HFS-024, Food and Drug Administration, College Park, MD 20740, 240-402-2112; Diane Heinz, Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), Food and Drug Administration, MPN2 RME435 HFV-6, 7500 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855, 240-402-5692.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

On January 31, 2020, as a result of confirmed cases of COVID-19, and after consultation with public health officials as necessary, Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human Services, pursuant to the authority under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), determined that a PHE exists and has existed since January 27, 2020, nationwide.[1] On March 13, 2020, President Donald J. Trump declared that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States constitutes a national emergency, beginning March 1, 2020.[2]

In the Federal Register of March 25, 2020 (85 FR 16949, the March 25, 2020, notice) (available at https://www.govinfo.gov/​content/​pkg/​FR-2020-03-25/​pdf/​2020-06222.pdf), FDA announced procedures for making available FDA guidance documents related to the COVID-19 PHE. These procedures, which operate within FDA's established good guidance practices regulations, are intended to allow FDA to rapidly disseminate Agency recommendations and policies related to COVID-19 to industry, FDA staff, and other stakeholders. The March 25, 2020, notice stated that due to the need to act quickly and efficiently to respond to the COVID-19 PHE, FDA believes that prior public participation will not be feasible or appropriate before FDA implements COVID-19-related guidance documents. Therefore, FDA will issue COVID-19-related guidance documents for immediate implementation without prior public comment (see section 701(h)(1)(C) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. 371(h)(1)(C) and 21 CFR 10.115(g)(2) (§ 10.115(g)(2))). The guidances are available at FDA's web page titled “COVID-19-Related Guidance Documents for Industry, FDA Staff, and Other Stakeholders” (https://www.fda.gov/​emergency-preparedness-and-response/​mcm-issues/​covid-19-related-guidance-documents-industry-fda-staff-and-other-stakeholders) and through FDA's web page titled “Search for FDA Guidance Documents” available at https://www.fda.gov/​regulatory-information/​search-fda-guidance-documents.

The March 25, 2020, notice further stated that, in general, rather than publishing a separate NOA for each COVID-19-related guidance document, FDA intends to publish periodically a consolidated NOA announcing the availability of certain COVID-19-related guidance documents that FDA issued during the relevant period, as included in Table 1. This notice announces COVID-19-related guidances that are posted on FDA's website.

II. Availability of COVID-19-Related Guidance Documents

Pursuant to the process described in the March 25, 2020, notice, FDA is announcing the availability of the following COVID-19-related guidance documents:Start Printed Page 46643

Table 1—Guidance Related to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Docket No.CenterTitle of guidanceContact information to request single copies
FDA-2020-D-1106CDERTemporary Policy for Preparation of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19) (March 2020) (Updated June 1, 2020)druginfo@fda.hhs.gov. Please include the docket number FDA-2020-D-1106 and complete title of the guidance in the request.
FDA-2020-D-1106CDERPolicy for Temporary Compounding of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (March 2020) (Updated June 1, 2020)druginfo@fda.hhs.gov. Please include the docket number FDA-2020-D-1106 and complete title of the guidance in the request.
FDA-2020-D-1106CDERTemporary Policy for Manufacture of Alcohol for Incorporation Into Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19) (March 2020) (Updated June 1, 2020)druginfo@fda.hhs.gov. Please include the docket number FDA-2020-D-1106 and complete title of the guidance in the request.
FDA-2020-D-1136CDERTemporary Policy on Prescription Drug Marketing Act Requirements for Distribution of Drug Samples During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (June 8, 2020)druginfo@fda.hhs.gov. Please include the docket number FDA-2020-D-1136 and complete title of the guidance in the request.
FDA-2020-D-1136CDER CBER, CDRH, CVMStatistical Considerations for Clinical Trials During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Guidance for Industry (June 2020)druginfo@fda.hhs.gov. Please include the docket number FDA-2020-D-1136 and complete title of the guidance in the request.
FDA-2020-D-1136CDER, CVM, CBERGood Manufacturing Practice Considerations for Responding to COVID-19 Infection in Employees in Drug and Biological Products Manufacturing (June 2020)druginfo@fda.hhs.gov. Please include the docket number FDA-2020-D-1136 and complete title of the guidance in the request.
FDA-2020-D-1137CBERDevelopment and Licensure of Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19 (June 2020)Office of Communication, Outreach and Development, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 3128, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. Phone 1-800-835-4709 or 240-402-8010, email ocod@fda.hhs.gov.
FDA-2020-D-1138CDRHEnforcement Policy for Non-Invasive Remote Monitoring Devices Used to Support Patient Monitoring During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (Revised) (March 20, 2020) (Updated June 5, 2020)CDRH-Guidance@fda.hhs.gov. Please include the document number 20014 and complete title of the guidance in the request.
FDA-2020-D-1138CDRHNotifying CDRH of a Permanent Discontinuance or Interruption in Manufacturing of a Device Under Section 506J of the FD&C Act During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (May 6, 2020) (Updated June 19, 2020)CDRH-Guidance@fda.hhs.gov. Please include the document number 20032 and complete title of the guidance in the request.
FDA-2020-D-1138CDRH, CBEREffects of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency on Formal Meetings and User Fee Applications for Medical Devices—Questions and Answers (June 2020)CDRH-Guidance@fda.hhs.gov. Please include the document number 20040 and complete title of the guidance in the request.
FDA-2020-D-1139CFSANReporting a Temporary Closure or Significantly Reduced Production by a Human Food Establishment and Requesting FDA Assistance During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (May 27, 2020)INFOCenter-CFSAN@fda.hhs.gov. Please include the docket number, FDA-2020-D-1139, and complete title of the guidance in the request.

Although these guidance documents have been implemented immediately without prior comment, FDA will consider all comments received and revise the guidances as appropriate (see § 10.115(g)(3)).

These guidances are being issued consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (§ 10.115). The guidances represent the current thinking of FDA. They do not establish any rights for any person and are not binding on FDA or the public. You can use an alternative approach if it satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations.

III. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

A. CDER Guidances

The guidances listed in the table below refer to previously approved collections of information. These collections of information are subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521). The collections of information in the following FDA regulations and guidance have been approved by OMB as listed in the following table:Start Printed Page 46644

Table 2—CDER Guidances and Collections

COVID-19 guidance titleCFR cite referenced in COVID-19 guidanceAnother guidance referenced in COVID-19 guidanceOMB Control No(s).
Good Manufacturing Practice Considerations for Responding to COVID-19 Infections in Employees in Drug and Biological Products Manufacturing—June 202021 CFR 211, 211.22, 211.28(d), 211.100 21 CFR 212.20, 212.30, 212.50, 212.70, 212.71 21 CFR 600.10(c)(1)(1) ICH Q7 Good Manufacturing Practice Guidance for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (2) ICH Q5A Viral Safety Evaluation of biotechnology Products Derived From Cell Lines of Human or Animal Origin (3) ICH Q9 Quality Risk Management (4) Planning for the Effects of High Absenteeism to Ensure Availability of Medically Necessary Drug Products (5) Enforcement Policy for Sterilizers, disinfectant Devices, and Air Purifiers During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency. (6) Temporary Policy Regarding Non-Standard PPE Practices for Sterile Compounding by Pharmacy Compounders not Registered as Outsourcing Facilities During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. (7) GFI #271 Reporting and Mitigating Animal Drug Shortages during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.0910-0130 0910-0139 0910-0667 0910-0675 0910-0759 0910-0032 0910-0669
Temporary Policy on Prescription Drug Marketing Act Requirements for Distribution of Drug Samples during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency—Guidance for Industry21 CFR 2030910-0435
Temporary Policy for Preparation of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19)—UPDATE of guidance announced in March 202027 CFR Part 20 and 21(1) Temporary Compounding of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19) (2) Temporary Policy for Manufacture of Alcohol for Incorporation Into Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19) (3) Adverse Event Reporting Requirements0910-0045 0910-0139 0910-0230 0910-0291 0910-0340 0910-0641 0910-0645 0910-0800
Temporary Policy for Manufacture of Alcohol for Incorporation Into Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19)—UPDATE of guidance announced in March 202027 CFR Part 20 and 21None0910-0045 0910-0139 0910-0230 0910-0291 0910-0340 0910-0641 0910-0645 0910-0800
Policy for Temporary Compounding of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency Immediately in Effect Guidance for Industry—UPDATE of guidance announced in March 2020(1) Temporary Policy for Preparation of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19) (2) Temporary Policy for Manufacture of Alcohol for Incorporation into Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19)0910-0045 0910-0139 0910-0230 0910-0291 0910-0340 0910-0641 0910-0645 0910-0800

The guidance, Statistical Considerations for Clinical Trials during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, contains no collection of information. Therefore, clearance by OMB under the PRA is not required.

B. CBER Guidances

The guidance listed in the table below refer to previously approved collection of information. This collection of information is subject to review by the OMB under the PRA. The collection of information in the following FDA regulations and guidance have been approved by OMB as listed in the following table:

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Table 3—CBER Guidances and Collections

COVID-19 guidance titleCFR cite referenced in COVID-19 guidanceAnother guidance title referenced in COVID-19 guidanceOMB Control No(s).
Development and Licensure of Vaccines to Prevent COVID-1921 CFR part 312 21 CFR part 580910-0114 0910-0119
21 CFR part 500910-0130
21 CFR parts 210, 211, and 6100910-0139
221 CFR part 6000910-0308
221 CFR part 6010910-0338
—Form FDA 3500A —Establishment and Operation of Clinical Trial Data Monitoring Committees —Emergency Use Authorization of Medical Products and Related Authorities0910-0291 0910-0581 0910-0595

C. CDRH Guidances

The guidances listed in the table below refer to previously approved collections of information. These collections of information are subject to review by OMB under the PRA. The collections of information in the following FDA regulations and guidance have been approved by OMB as listed in the following table:

Table 4—CDRH Guidances and Collections

COVID-19 guidance titleCFR cite referenced in COVID-19 guidanceAnother guidance title referenced in COVID-19 guidanceOMB Control No(s).
Enforcement Policy for Non-Invasive Remote Monitoring Devices Used to Support Patient Monitoring During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (Revised) (March 20, 2020) (Updated June 5, 2020)807, subpart E 800, 801, and 8090910-0120 0910-0485
Effects of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency on Formal Meetings and User Fee Applications for Medical Devices—Questions and Answers (June 22, 2020)Requests for Feedback and Meetings for Medical Device Submissions: The Q-Submission Program: Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff0910-0756
Emergency Use Authorization of Medical Products and Related Authorities; Guidance for Industry and Other Stakeholders0910-0595
814, subparts A through E0910-0231
807, subpart E0910-0120
De Novo Classification Process (Evaluation of Automatic Class III Designation): Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff0910-0844
814, subpart H0910-0332
8120910-0078

The guidance indicated in the table below refers to previously approved collections of information. These collections of information are subject to review by the OMB under the PRA. The collections of information in the following FDA regulations and guidance have been approved by OMB as listed in the table. This guidance also contains a new collection of information not approved under a current collection. This new collection of information has been granted a PHE waiver from the PRA by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on March 19, 2020, under section 319(f) of the PHS Act. Information concerning the PHE PRA waiver can be found on the HHS website at https://aspe.hhs.gov/​public-health-emergency-declaration-pra-waivers. Start Printed Page 46646

Table 5—CDRH Guidances and Collections

COVID-19 guidance titleCFR cite referenced in COVID-19 guidanceAnother guidance referenced in COVID-19 guidanceOMB Control No(s).New collection covered by PHE PRA waiver
Notifying CDRH of Permanent Discontinuance or Interruption in Manufacturing of a Device Under Section 506J of the FD&C Act During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (Revised) (May 6, 2020) (Updated June 19, 2020)807, subparts A through D  Emergency Use Authorization of Medical Products and Related Authorities; Guidance for Industry and Other Stakeholders0910-0625 0910-0595
Notifications to FDA about changes in the production of certain medical device products that will help the Agency prevent or mitigate shortages of such devices during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Updates to FDA every two weeks after initial notification on the shortage situation, including the expected timeline for recovery.
Voluntary submission of other information that enables FDA to work more effectively with manufacturers and other entities to prevent or limit any negative impact on patients or healthcare providers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

D. CFSAN Guidances

The guidance indicated in the table below refers to previously approved collections of information. These collections of information are subject to review by the OMB under the PRA. The collections of information in the following FDA regulations and guidance have been approved by OMB as listed in the table. This guidance also contains a new collection of information not approved under a current collection. This new collection of information has been granted a PHE waiver from the PRA by HHS on March 19, 2020, under section 319(f) of the PHS Act. Information concerning the PHE PRA waiver can be found on the HHS website at https://aspe.hhs.gov/​public-health-emergency-declaration-pra-waivers.

Table 6—CFSAN Guidances and Collections

COVID-19 guidance titleCFR cite referenced in COVID-19 guidanceAnother guidance referenced in COVID-19 guidanceOMB Control No(s).New Collection covered by PHE PRA waiver
Reporting a Temporary Closure or Significantly Reduced Production by a Human Food Establishment and Requesting FDA Assistance During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency21 CFR part 1, subpart H0910-0502Establishments have the option to report to FDA temporary closures or significant reductions of production and to request assistance from FDA.

IV. Electronic Access

Persons with access to the internet may obtain COVID-19-related guidances at:

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Dated: July 28, 2020.

Lauren K. Roth,

Associate Commissioner for Policy.

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Footnotes

1.  On April 21, 2020, the PHE Determination was extended, effective April 26, 2020; on July 23, 2020, it was extended again, effective July 25, 2020. These PHE Determinations are available at https://www.phe.gov/​emergency/​news/​healthactions/​phe/​Pages/​default.aspx.

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2.  Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak (March 13, 2020), available at https://www.whitehouse.gov/​presidential-actions/​proclamation-declaring-national-emergency-concerning-novel-coronavirus-disease-covid-19-outbreak/​.

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