[Federal Register: March 12, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 48)]
[Page 11867-11868]
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Food and Drug Administration

[Docket No. 03N-0079]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request; Consumer and Producer Surveys on Economic Issues

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY:  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing an 
opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain 
information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(the PRA), Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the 
Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information 
including each proposed extension of an existing collection of 
information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the 
notice. This notice solicits comments on proposed voluntary surveys of 
consumers and producers in order to help FDA comply with Executive 
Order 12866, the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), and the Small 
Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA).

DATES:  Submit written or electronic comments on the collection of 
information by May 12, 2003.

ADDRESSES: Submit electronic comments on the collection of information 
to http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/oc/dockets/edockethome.cfm. 

to http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/oc/dockets/edockethome.cfm. 

Submit written comments on the collection of information to the Dockets 
Management Branch (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers 
Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. All comments should be identified 
with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Peggy Robbins, Office of Information 
Resources Management (HFA-250), Food and Drug Administration, 5600 
Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-827-1223.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal 
agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget 
(OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. 
``Collection of information'' is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 
1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of 
the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a 
third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506 
(c)(2)(A)) requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the 
Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information 
including each proposed extension of an existing collection of 
information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To 
comply with this requirement, FDA is publishing notice of the proposed 
collection of information set forth in this document.
    With respect to the following collection of information, FDA 
invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information 
is necessary for the proper performance of FDA's functions, including 
whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy 
of FDA's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions 
used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity, of the 
information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques, when appropriate, and other forms of 
information technology.

Consumer and Producer Surveys on Economic Issues (OMB Control Number 

    Under section 903(d)(2) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act 
(21 U.S.C. 393), FDA is authorized to conduct research relating to 
regulated articles and to collect information relating to 
responsibilities of the agency. Executive Order 12866, RFA, and SBREFA 
direct Federal agencies to conduct regulatory impact analysis, and to 
consider flexible regulatory approaches. In order to perform the 
mandatory analysis it is often necessary to survey regulated producers 
to determine existing practices and the changes in those practices 
likely under various policy options, both consumers and manufacturers 
to explore attitudes towards policy proposals, and industry experts to 
solicit expert opinion. FDA is seeking OMB clearance to conduct future 
surveys to implement Executive Order 12866, RFA, and SBREFA. 
Participation in the surveys will be voluntary. This request covers 

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entities, such as food processors, dietary supplement manufacturers, 
health professionals, or other experts and consumers.
    FDA will use the information gathered from these surveys to 
identify current business practices, expert opinion, and consumer or 
manufacturer attitudes towards existing or proposed policy. FDA 
projects approximately 2 to 6 surveys per year, with a sample of 
between 10 and 1,000 respondents each for mail and telephone surveys, 
and a sample of up to 3,000 respondents for cable or Internet surveys.
    FDA estimates the upper bound burden of this collection of 
information as follows:

             Table 1.--Estimated Annual Reporting Burden\1\
                            No. of     Frequency   Hours per     Total
     Type of Survey      Respondents      per      Response      Hours
Mail Questionnaire            1,000           1           3       3,000
Phone Survey                  1,000           1          .5         500
Internet or Cable             3,000           1           1       3,000
Total                                                             6,500
\1\ There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs
  associated with this collection of information.

    These estimates are based on the expected number of respondents 
necessary to obtain a statistically significant stratification of the 
average to large size industries--including small business entities 
covered by FDA regulations--and consumers of regulated products.

    Dated: March 4, 2003.
William K. Hubbard,
Associate Commissioner for Policy and Planning.
[FR Doc. 03-5790 Filed 3-11-03; 8:45 am]