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Instructions for Using Regulations.gov

How to Search for FDA Federal Registers, Dockets and Daily Listings

Find a Migrated Docket
  • Go to regulations.gov
  • Type the old (legacy) docket number ((ex. 2007E-0001) in the box under the "Search" button and click "Go."
  • The 2007E-0001 docket will appear but with a different number: FDA-2007-E-0104
    • Remember it will have a different number but it is the same docket
  • Click on the docket id link
  • The old (legacy) docket number will appear in the column Legacy ID
Generate Daily Listings (documents entered into FDMS on a given day)
  • Go to regulations.gov
  • Type "FDA" in the box under the "Search" button and click "Go."
  • Then scroll down till you see "Days Since Posted" on the left side of the page, and
  • Click "Posted Today."

Federal Registers (FR)

Generate a list of the Federal Registers (FR) posted today and open for public comment
  • Go to regulations.gov
  • Click on Go under More Search Options
  • Under Find and Take Action, click on Go under Documents published today and open for public comment
  • Click on FDA in the left hand corner
  • A list of FR documents will display
Submit Electronic Comments for Federal Registers
  • Go to regulations.gov
  • Click Go under More Search Options
  • Click on your preference under Find and Take Action
  • Check out "User Tips" for submitting Electronic Comments at regulations.gov

More search Tips

To search the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Type FDA in the “Search block” and click “Go>>”. Search displays all dockets and documents that are in the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) beginning with FDA.
  • Click in item to add to your search list that will display results as you move along. To review the items added to your search list see to top right column (“You Searched” [click entry to remove]).
“Narrow results” to only FDA:
  • Select FDA under the Agency,
  • Select More… if FDA does not display,
  • Scroll down list to select -FDA and,
  • At this point, “Search” results display all Dockets and Documents specific to FDA.
“Narrow results”to--DOCUMENT TYPE: (Displays the number of document type from highest to lowest.)
  • Supporting and Related Material
  • Public Submission
  • Notices
  • Proposed Rules
  • Other

*Select one to refine your search list and display results as you more along.

And/Or

“Narrow results”to--DOCKET TYPE: (Displays the number of docket type from highest to lowest.)
  • Nonrulemaking - Translates to Notices, Proposed Rules, Petitions, Variance, etc.
  • Rulemaking - Translates to Rules and Regulations.

*Select one to refine your search list and display results as you more along.

And/Or

“Narrow results”to--COMMENT PERIOD:

  • Open
  • Closed

*Select one to refine your search list and display results as you more along

And/Or

“Narrow results”to--COMMENT PERIOD ENDS: (Choose from the available options.)

Within “3 Days” through “In More Than a Year.”

*Select one to refine your search list and display results as you more along.

And/Or

“Narrow results”to--COMMENT PERIOD STARTED: (Choose from the available options.) 

“Comments Started Today” and “In Last 3 Days” through “Older Than a Year.”)

*Select one to refine your search list and display results as you more along.

And/Or

“Narrow results”to:

DAYS SINCE POSTED: (Choose from the available options.)

“Posted Today” and “Last 3 Days through “Last 365 Days.”)

*Select one to refine your search list and display results as you more along.

Additional  Suggestions

Selecting "User Tips" (under "How to Use This Site" on the left-hand side of the Regulations.gov home page) will bring up a list of helpful topics, including new site features and detailed instructions.

Also under "How to Use This Site" is a way to contact the Regulations.gov staff for help. 

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