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Guidance Documents Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019; Availability

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, Health and Human Services (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 September 9, 2020. The guidances 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.
  • For written/paper comments submitted to the Dockets Management Staff, 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 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, 240-402-7500.

  • 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 Start Printed Page 55679redacted/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, 240-402-7500.

You may submit comments on any guidance at any time (see § 10.115(g)(5) (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:

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; or 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.

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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 (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 § 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 guidances 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 guidances:

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

Docket No.CenterTitle of guidanceContact information to request single copies
FDA-2020-D-1106Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)Temporary Policy for Preparation of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19) (March 2020) (Updated August 7, 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 August 7, 2020)druginfo@fda.hhs.gov, Please include the docket number FDA-2020-D-1106 and complete title of the guidance in the request.
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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 August 7, 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-1138Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH)Enforcement Policy for Viral Transport Media During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (July 2020)CDRH-Guidance@fda.hhs.gov, Please include the document number 20038 and complete title of the guidance in the request.

Although these guidances 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 guidances have been approved by OMB as listed in the table below. These guidances also contain a collection of information not approved under a current collection. This 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.

Table 2—CDER Guidances and Collections

COVID-19 guidance titleCFR cite(s) referenced in COVID-19 guidanceAnother guidance referenced in COVID-19 guidanceOMB Control No(s).
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 parts 20 and 21—Policy for Temporary Compounding of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency —Temporary Policy for Manufacture of Alcohol for Incorporation Into Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19) —Providing Regulatory Submissions in Electronic Format—Drug Establishment Registration and Drug Listing —Postmarketing Adverse Event Reporting for Nonprescription Human Drug Products Marketed Without an Approved Application0910-0045, 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 parts 20 and 21—Policy for Temporary Compounding of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency —Temporary Policy for Preparation of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19) —Providing Regulatory Submissions in Electronic Format—Drug Establishment Registration and Drug Listing0910-0045, 0910-0139, 0910-0230, 0910-0291, 0910-0340, 0910-0641, 0910-0645.
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Policy for Temporary Compounding of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency—UPDATE of guidance announced in March 2020—Current Good Manufacturing Practices for Finished Pharmaceuticals and Medical Gases —Postmarketing Adverse Drug Experience Reporting. —MedWatch: Adverse Event and Product Experience Reporting System (Paper-Based) —Format and Content Requirements for Over-the-Counter Drug Product Labeling —FDA Adverse Event and Product Experience Reports; Electronic Submissions —Adverse Event Reporting for Outsourcing Facilities Under Section 503B of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act —Temporary Policy for Preparation of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19) —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.

B. CDRH 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 below. 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 3—CDRH Guidances and Collections

COVID-19 guidance titleCFR cites(s) referenced in COVID-19 guidanceAnother guidance referenced in COVID-19 guidanceOMB Control No(s).New collection covered by PHE PRA waiver
Enforcement Policy for Viral Transport Media During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (July 2020)Emergency Use Authorization of Medical Products and Related Authorities; Guidance for Industry and Other Stakeholders0910-0595
Administrative Procedures for Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 Categorization0910-0607
21 CFR parts 800, 801, and 8090910-0485
21 CFR part 8030910-0437
21 CFR part 8060910-0359
21 CFR part 807, subparts A through D0910-0625
21 CFR part 807, subpart E0910-0120
21 CFR part 8200910-0073
21 CFR part 830 and 21 CFR 801.200910-0720
Manufacturer voluntary reporting to FDA of viral transport media manufacturing capacity information.
Manufacturer voluntary reporting to FDA of sterile phosphate buffered saline/saline manufacturing capacity information.
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IV. Electronic Access

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

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Dated: September 2, 2020.

Lowell J. Schiller,

Principal 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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