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Fiscal Year 2021 Generic Drug Science and Research Initiatives Workshop; Public Workshop; Request for Comments

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Food and Drug Administration, HHS.


Notice of public workshop; request for comments.


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, the Agency, or we) is announcing the following public workshop entitled “FY 2021 Generic Drug Science and Research Initiatives Workshop.” The purpose of the public workshop is to provide an overview of the status of science and research initiatives for generic drugs and an opportunity for public input on these initiatives. FDA is seeking this input from a variety of stakeholders—industry, academia, patient advocates, professional societies, and other interested parties—as it fulfills its commitment under the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2017 (GDUFA II) to develop an annual list of science and research initiatives specific to generic drugs. FDA will take the information it obtains from the public workshop into account in developing its Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 GDUFA science and research initiatives.


The public workshop will be held on June 23, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Submit either electronic or written comments on this public workshop by July 23, 2021. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for registration date and information.


The public workshop will be held virtually.

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 July 23, 2021. The electronic filing system will accept comments until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time at the end of July 23, 2021. 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 the docket unchanged. Because your comment will be made public, you are solely responsible for ensuring that your Start Printed Page 15684comment 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”).

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 Docket No. FDA-2017-N-6644 for “FY 2021 Generic Drug Science and Research Initiatives Workshop; Public Workshop; Request for Comments.” 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, 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 redacted/blacked out, will be available for public viewing and posted on 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:​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 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.

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Sam Raney, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 75, Rm. 4706, Silver Spring, MD 20993, 240-402-7967,; or Robert Lionberger, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 75, Rm. 4722, Silver Spring, MD 20993, 240-402-7957,

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I. Background

In July 2012, Congress passed the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2012 (GDUFA I) (Pub. L. 112-144). GDUFA I was designed to enhance public access to safe, high-quality generic drugs and to modernize the generic drug program. To support this goal, FDA agreed in the GDUFA I commitment letter to work with industry and interested stakeholders on identifying science and research initiatives specific to generic drugs for each fiscal year covered by GDUFA I.

In August 2017, GDUFA I was reauthorized until September 2022 through the Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2017 (GDUFA II) (Pub. L. 115-52). In the GDUFA II commitment letter,[1] FDA agreed to conduct annual public workshops “to solicit input from industry and stakeholders for inclusion in an annual list of GDUFA II [r]egulatory [s]cience initiatives.” The public workshop scheduled for June 23, 2021, seeks to fulfill this agreement.

II. Topics for Discussion at the Public Workshop

The purpose of the public workshop is to obtain input from industry and other interested stakeholders on the identification of generic drug science and research initiatives for FY 2022.

FDA is particularly interested in receiving input in the following five topic areas:

1. What research is needed to determine how formulation differences in generic injectable products (that are not qualitatively (Q1) and quantitatively (Q2) the same as their reference listed drug products) affect the substitutability of these products?

2. What research is needed to prepare for generic versions of oligonucleotide drug products (e.g., siRNA, chemically modified, antisense oligonucleotides)?

3. What research relating to artificial intelligence (including machine learning) and/or the use of integrated data from multiple areas may facilitate and modernize the development of generic products?

4. What research is needed to bridge the gap between existing scientific insights from GDUFA-funded research (e.g., related to product characterization techniques or modeling and simulation tools) and the development of suitable test procedures, study designs, model integrated evidence, and/or approaches for developing generic products?

5. What research is needed to support identification of best bioequivalence practices and convergence of global bioequivalence standards?

Specific presentations and discussions at this workshop will be announced at a later date and may differ from the topics above, however, input in the above topic areas will help the Agency identify and expand our scientific focus for the next fiscal year.

FDA will consider all comments made at this workshop or received through the docket (see ADDRESSES) as it develops its FY 2022 science and research initiatives. Information concerning the science and research initiatives for generic drugs can be found at​gdufaregscience.

III. Participating in the Public Workshop

Registration: Registration is free. Persons interested in attending this public workshop must register online at​drugs/​news-events-human-drugs/​fy-2021-generic-drug-science-and-research-initiatives-public-Start Printed Page 15685workshop-06232021-06232021. Registration may be performed at any time before or during the workshop.

Requests for Oral Presentations: During online registration you may indicate if you wish to present your public comments. Public comment presentation requests must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time at the end of April 30, 2021. We will do our best to accommodate requests to make public comments. Individuals and organizations with common interests are urged to consolidate or coordinate their presentations, and request time for a joint presentation, or submit requests for designated representatives to participate in the workshop. Following the close of registration on April 30, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, we will determine the amount of time allotted to each presenter and the approximate time each oral presentation is to begin; we will select and notify participants by May 21, 2021. All requests to make oral presentations must be received by the close of registration on April 30, 2021. If selected for presentation, any presentation materials must be emailed to no later than June 18, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. No commercial or promotional material will be permitted to be presented or distributed at the public workshop.

Streaming Webcast of the Public Workshop: This public workshop will be webcast. Please register online (as described above) to attend the workshop remotely. Unless scheduled to participate in advance, attendees will not be able to speak or make presentations during the public comment period or during any other session of the workshop. To join the workshop via the webcast, please go to​drugs/​news-events-human-drugs/​fy-2021-generic-drug-science-and-research-initiatives-public-workshop-06232021-06232021.

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Transcripts: As soon as a transcript of the public workshop is available, it will be accessible at or at​gdufaregscience. It may be viewed at the Dockets Management Staff (see ADDRESSES). Closed caption scrolling text will be generated by the Adobe Connect system and displayed in real time. The closed caption scrolling text will also display when streaming the recorded presentations for viewing at a later date.

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Dated: March 19, 2021.

Lauren K. Roth,

Acting Principal Associate Commissioner for Policy.

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