[Federal Register: February 27, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 39)]
[Page 9339-9340]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Food and Drug Administration

[Docket No. 2004N-0063]

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request; Voluntary Registration of Cosmetic Product 

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 the voluntary registration of 
cosmetic product establishments with FDA.

DATES: Submit written or electronic comments on the collection of 
information by April 27, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Submit electronic comments on the collection of information 
to: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.fda.gov/dockets/ecomments. Submit written comments on 

the collection of information to the Division of Dockets Management 
(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 document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peggy Robbins, Office of Management 
Programs (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 these topics: (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.

Voluntary Registration of Cosmetic Product Establishments--21 CFR Part 
710 (OMB Control Number 0910-0027)--Extension

    The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the act) provides FDA 
with the responsibility for assuring consumers that cosmetic products 
in the United States are safe and properly labeled. Cosmetic products 
that are adulterated under section 601 of the act (21 U.S.C. 361) or 
misbranded under section 602 of the act (21 U.S.C. 362) may not be 
distributed in interstate commerce. To assist FDA in carrying out its 
responsibility to regulate cosmetics, FDA has developed the Voluntary 
Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP). In 21 CFR part 710, FDA requests 
that establishments that manufacture or package cosmetic products 
register with the agency on Form FDA 2511 entitled ``Registration of 
Cosmetic Product Establishment.'' Form FDA 2511 is available on FDA's 
VCRP Web site at http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&log=linklog&to=http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/dms/cos-regn.html.

    Because registration of cosmetic product establishments is not 
mandatory, voluntary registration provides FDA with the best 
information available about the locations, business trade names, and 
types of activity (manufacturing or packaging) of cosmetic product 
establishments. FDA places the registration information in a computer 
database and uses the information to generate mailing lists for 
distributing regulatory information and for inviting firms to 
participate in workshops on topics in which they may be interested. FDA 
also uses the information for estimating the size of the cosmetic 
industry and for conducting onsite establishment inspections. 
Registration is permanent, although FDA requests that respondents 
submit an amended Form FDA 2511 if any of the originally submitted 
information changes.
    FDA estimates the burden of this information collection as follows:

                                 Table 1.--Estimated Annual Reporting Burden\1\
                                                              No. of    Frequency    Total      Hours     Total
                  21 CFR Part                      Form    Respondents     per       Annual      per      Hours
                                                                         Response  Responses  Response
710                                              FDA 2511         15           1         15       0.4         6
\1\There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.

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    The VCRP was suspended during fiscal year (FY) 1998 due to a lack 
of budgetary funding and was reinstated at the beginning of FY 1999. 
The estimated hour burden for this information collection is 30 percent 
of the previous level reported in 2000. In general, the larger cosmetic 
companies have resumed participating in the VCRP, whereas the smaller 
companies are lagging.

    Dated: February 23, 2004.
Jeffrey Shuren,
Assistant Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. 04-4339 Filed 2-26-04; 8:45 am]