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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 52 / Monday, March 20, 2017 / Notices Dated: March 14, 2017. Leslie Kux, Associate Commissioner for Policy. 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’’). [FR Doc. 2017–05415 Filed 3–17–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA–2011–N–0017] Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS. ACTION: Notice. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) 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 information collection provisions of the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards. DATES: Submit either electronic or written comments on the collection of information by May 19, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments as follows: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:36 Mar 17, 2017 Jkt 241001 Written/Paper Submissions Submit written/paper submissions as follows: • Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for written/paper submissions): Division of Dockets Management (HFA–305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. • For written/paper comments submitted to the Division of Dockets Management, 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– 2011–N–0017 for ‘‘Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards.’’ Received comments will be placed in the docket and, except for those submitted as ‘‘Confidential Submissions,’’ publicly viewable at https://www.regulations.gov or at the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. • 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 https://www.regulations.gov. Submit both copies to the Division of Dockets Management. 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’’ PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14369 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.gpo.gov/ fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-18/pdf/201523389.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 Division of Dockets Management, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: FDA PRA Staff, Office of Operations, Food and Drug Administration, Three White Flint North, 10A63, 11601 Landsdown St., North Bethesda, MD 20852, PRAStaff@fda.hhs.gov. 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, E:\FR\FM\20MRN1.SGM 20MRN1 14370 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 52 / Monday, March 20, 2017 / Notices when appropriate, and other forms of information technology. Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards OMB Control Number 0910–0621— Extension The Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (the Program Standards) define nine essential elements of an effective regulatory program for retail food establishments, establish basic quality control criteria for each element, and provide a means of recognition for the State, local, territorial, tribal and Federal regulatory programs that meet the Program Standards. The program elements addressed by the Program Standards are as follows: (1) Regulatory foundation; (2) trained regulatory staff; (3) inspection program based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles; (4) uniform inspection program, (5) foodborne illness and food defense preparedness and response; (6) compliance and enforcement; (7) industry and community relations; (8) program support and resources; and (9) program assessment. Each standard includes a list of records needed to document conformance with the standard (referred to in the Program Standards document as ‘‘quality records’’) and has one or more corresponding forms and worksheets to facilitate the collection of information needed to assess the retail food regulatory program against that standard. The respondents are State, local, territorial, tribal, and potentially other Federal regulatory agencies. Regulatory agencies may use existing available records or may choose to develop and use alternate forms and worksheets that capture the same information. In the course of their normal activities, State, local, territorial, tribal, and Federal regulatory agencies already collect and keep on file many of the records needed as quality records to document compliance with each of the Program Standards. Although the detail and format in which this information is collected and recorded may vary by jurisdiction, records that are kept as a usual and customary part of normal Agency activities include inspection records, written quality assurance procedures, records of quality assurance checks, staff training certificates and other training records, a log or database of food-related illness or injury complaints, records of investigations resulting from such complaints, an inventory of inspection equipment, records of outside audits, and records of outreach efforts (e.g., meeting agendas and minutes, documentation of food safety education activities). No new recordkeeping burden is associated with these existing records, which are already a part of usual and customary program recordkeeping activities by State, local, territorial, tribal and Federal regulatory agencies, and which can serve as quality records under the Program Standards. In April 2016, the Conference for Food Protection (CFP) recommended that FDA make a change in Program Standard #4—Uniform Inspection Program, more specifically to change Program Standard #4’s Program SelfAssessment and Verification Audit Form. Once changes have been incorporated into the 2017 version, it will be available on FDA’s Web site. With this change, in order to achieve conformance to Program Standard #4, jurisdictions must achieve an overall inspection program performance rating for 20 elements as opposed to 10 elements that were previously required. The previous 10 elements had several criteria under one program element. The change to 20 elements allows the Standard to clearly delineate out each criterion individually rather than having several criteria under one program element. This streamlines and clarifies the process in meeting the Standard. As a result, the assessment review of each inspector’s work will now be required for three joint inspections as opposed to the previously required two. State, local, territorial, tribal and Federal regulatory agencies that enroll in the Program Standards and seek listing in the FDA National Registry are required to report to FDA on the completion of the following three management tasks outlined in the Program Standards: (1) Conducting a program self-assessment; (2) conducting a risk factor study of the regulated industry; and (3) obtaining an independent outside audit (verification audit). The results are reported on forms formerly known as Form FDA 3519 and Form FDA 3520. Currently FDA is working to consolidate both Forms FDA 3519 ‘‘FDA National Registry Report’’ and FDA 3520 ‘‘Permission to Publish in National Registry’’ into one form thereby reducing the burden by 50 percent. The new Form FDA 3958 will be provided in the Program Standards document, and will also be provided on FDA’s Web site at: http://www.fda.gov/ Food/GuidanceRegulation/ RetailFoodProtection/ ProgramStandards/default.htm. If a regulatory agency follows all the recordkeeping recommendations in the individual standards and their sample worksheets, it will have all the information needed to complete the forms. Recordkeeping FDA’s recordkeeping burden estimate includes time required for a state, local, territorial, tribal, or Federal agency to review the instructions in the Program Standards, compile information from existing sources, and create any records recommended in the Program Standards that are not already kept in the normal course of the agency’s usual and customary activities. Sample worksheets are provided to assist in this compilation. In estimating the time needed for the program self-assessment (Program Standards 1 through 8, shown in table 1), FDA considered responses from four State and three local jurisdictions that participated in an FDA Program Standards Pilot study. Table 2 shows the estimated recordkeeping burden for the completion of the baseline data collection, and table 3 shows the estimated recordkeeping burden for the verification audit. FDA estimates the burden of this collection of information as follows: TABLE 1—SELF-ASSESSMENT Hours per record sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Standard Recordkeeping activity No. 1: Regulatory Foundation .................... Self-Assessment: Completion of worksheet recording results of evaluations and comparison on worksheets 1. Self-Assessment: Completion of CFP Field Training Manual and Documentation of Successful Completion—Field Training Process; completion of summary worksheet of each employee training records 1 2. Self-Assessment: Completion of worksheet documentation 1 ........................................ No. 2: Trained Regulatory Staff ................. No. 3: HACCP Principles ........................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:36 Mar 17, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\20MRN1.SGM 20MRN1 16 19.3 4 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 52 / Monday, March 20, 2017 / Notices 14371 TABLE 1—SELF-ASSESSMENT—Continued Hours per record Standard Recordkeeping activity No. 4: Uniform Inspection Program ........... 19 No. 7: Industry & Community Relations .... No. 8: Program Support and Resources ... Self-Assessment: Completion of worksheet documentation of jurisdiction’s quality assurance procedures 1 2. Self-Assessment: Completion of worksheet documentation 1 ........................................ Self-Assessment: Selection and review of 20 to 70 establishment files at 25 minutes per file. Estimate is based on a mean number of 45. Completion of worksheet 1. Self-Assessment: Completion of worksheet 1 ................................................................. Self-Assessment: Selection and review of establishment files 1 .................................... Total .................................................... ......................................................................................................................................... 92.3 No. 5: Foodborne Illness Investigation ...... No. 6: Compliance Enforcement ................ 1 Or 5 19 2 8 comparable documentation. will vary depending on number of regulated food establishments and the number of inspectors employed by the jurisdiction. 2 Estimates TABLE 2—BASELINE DATA COLLECTION Standard Recordkeeping activity Hours per record No. 9: Program Assessment ..................... Risk Factor Study and Intervention Strategy 1 ............................................................. 333 1 Calculation based on mean sample size of 39 and average FDA inspection time for each establishment type. Estimates will vary depending on number of regulated food establishments within a jurisdiction and the number of inspectors employed by the jurisdiction. TABLE 3—VERIFICATION AUDIT Activity Recordkeeping activity Hours per record Administrative Procedures ........................ Verification Audit 1 ........................................................................................................ 46.15 1 We estimate that no more than 50% of time spent to complete self-assessment of all nine standards is spent completing verification audit worksheets. Time will be considerably less if less than nine standards require verification audits. TABLE 4—ESTIMATED ANNUAL RECORDKEEPING BURDEN 1 Activity Number of recordkeepers Number of records per recordkeeper Total annual records Average burden per recordkeeping (hours) Total Hours Recordkeeping for FDA Worksheets 2 ................................. 500 1 500 94.29 47,145 1 There sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information. 2 Or comparable documentation. FDA bases its estimates of the number of recordkeepers and the hours per record on its experience with the Program Standards over the past 16 years. As of September 30, 2016, 711 jurisdictions were enrolled in the Program Standards. However, based upon the level of ongoing support provided by FDA to enrolled jurisdictions and the number of forms submitted annually, FDA estimates that no more than 500 jurisdictions actively participate in the Program Standards during any given year. There are approximately 3,000 jurisdictions in the United States and its territories that have retail food regulatory programs. Enrollment in the Program Standards is voluntary and, therefore, FDA does not expect all jurisdictions to participate. FDA bases its estimate of the hours per record on the recordkeeping estimates for the management tasks of self-assessment, risk factor study, and VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:36 Mar 17, 2017 Jkt 241001 verification audit (tables 1, 2, and 3 of this document) that enrolled jurisdictions must perform a total of 471.45 hours (92.3 + 333 + 46.15 = 471.45). Enrolled jurisdictions must conduct the work described in tables 1, 2, and 3 over a 5-year period. Therefore FDA estimates that, annually, 500 recordkeepers will spend 94.29 hours (471.45 ÷ 5 = 94.29) performing the required recordkeeping for a total of 47,145 hours as shown in table 4. Reporting Previously, FDA required regulatory jurisdictions that participate in the Program Standards to submit two forms annually: Form FDA 3519, ‘‘FDA National Registry Report,’’ and Form FDA 3520, ‘‘Permission to Publish in National Registry.’’ FDA created a new consolidated FDA Form 3958 that has four parts: Part 1 requires the name and address of the jurisdiction; name and PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 contact information for the contact person for this jurisdiction; the jurisdictions Web site address and if the jurisdiction is willing to serve as an auditor for another jurisdiction. Part 2 requires information about enrollment, whether this jurisdiction is a new enrollee and the date of enrollment; indication whether this jurisdiction would like to be removed from the jurisdiction listing; indication of updated findings to the self-assessment or verification audit. Part 3 requires information about self-assessment findings and verification audit findings; dates when self-assessment was completed; which standards have been met as determined by the selfassessment; which standards have been met as verified by a verification audit including the completion dates. Part 4 requires permission to publish information on FDA’s Web site by E:\FR\FM\20MRN1.SGM 20MRN1 14372 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 52 / Monday, March 20, 2017 / Notices checking the appropriate box(es) to indicate what information FDA may publish on the Web site. The reporting burden in table 5 includes only the time necessary to fill out and send the form, as compiling the underlying information (including selfassessment reports, Risk Factor Study data collection, outside audits, and supporting documentation) is accounted for under the recordkeeping estimates in table 4. FDA estimates the reporting burden for this collection of information as follows: TABLE 5—ESTIMATED ANNUAL REPORTING BURDEN 1 Number of responses per respondent Number of respondents Average burden per response (hours) Total annual responses Activity FDA form Submission of ‘‘FDA National Registry Report’’. Request for documentation of successful completion of staff training. 3598 .................................. 500 1 500 0.1 (6 minutes) 50 Conference for Food Protection Training Plan and Log. 500 3 1,500 0.1 (6 minutes) 150 Total ........................... ........................................... ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................... 200 1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information. FDA bases its estimates of the number of respondents and the hours per response on its experience with the Program Standards. As explained previously in this document, FDA estimates that no more than 500 Regulatory jurisdictions will participate in the Program Standards in any given year. FDA estimates a total of 6 minutes annually for each enrolled jurisdiction to complete the form. FDA bases its estimate on the small number of data elements on the form and the ease of availability of the information. FDA estimates that, annually, 500 regulatory jurisdictions will submit one Form FDA 3598 for a total of 500 annual responses. Each submission is estimated to take 0.1 hour (or 6 minutes) per response for a total of 50 hours. In addition, FDA estimates that, annually, 500 regulatory jurisdictions will submit three requests for documentation of successful completion of staff training using the CFP Training Plan and Log for a total of 1,500 annual responses. Each submission is estimated to take 0.1 hour (or 6 minutes) per response for a total of 150 hours. Thus, the total reporting burden for this information collection is 200 hours. Dated: March 14, 2017. Leslie Kux, Associate Commissioner for Policy. [FR Doc. 2017–05414 Filed 3–17–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164–01–P sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Total hours VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:36 Mar 17, 2017 Jkt 241001 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 concerning opportunity for public comment on proposed collections of information, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the information collection plans, call the SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer on (240) 276– 1243. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collections of information are necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Proposed Project: Notification of Intent To Use Schedule III, IV, or V Opioid Drugs for the Maintenance and Detoxification Treatment of Opiate Addiction by a ‘‘Qualifying Other Practitioner’’—(OMB No. 0930–0369)— Revision The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is requesting a revision from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval of the Notification of Intent to Use Schedule III, IV, or V Opioid Drugs for the Maintenance and Detoxification Treatment of Opiate Addiction by a ‘‘Qualifying Other Practitioner. The Notification of Intent would allow SAMHSA to determine whether other practitioners are eligible to prescribe certain approved narcotic treatment medications for the maintenance or detoxification treatment of opioid addiction. This Notification of Intent is a result of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (Pub. L. 114–198), which was signed into law on July 22, 2016. The law establishes criteria for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) to qualify for a waiver to prescribe covered medications. To be eligible for a waiver, the NP or PA must: Be licensed under State law to prescribe schedule III, IV, or V medications for the treatment of pain; fulfill qualification requirements in the law for training and experience; and fulfill qualification requirements in the law for appropriate supervision by a qualifying physician. SAMHSA has the responsibility to receive, review, approve, or deny waiver requests. Practitioners who meet the statutory requirements will be eligible to prescribe only those opioid treatment medications that are controlled in Schedules III, IV, or V, under the E:\FR\FM\20MRN1.SGM 20MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 52 (Monday, March 20, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Food and Drug Administration

[Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0017]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request; Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program 
Standards

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) 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 information collection 
provisions of the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program 
Standards.

DATES: Submit either electronic or written comments on the collection 
of information by May 19, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments 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): Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug 
Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.
     For written/paper comments submitted to the Division of 
Dockets Management, 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-2011-N-0017 for ``Agency Information Collection Activities; 
Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Voluntary National Retail Food 
Regulatory Program Standards.'' Received comments will be placed in the 
docket and, except for those submitted as ``Confidential Submissions,'' 
publicly viewable at https://www.regulations.gov or at the Division of 
Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
     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 https://www.regulations.gov. 
Submit both copies to the Division of Dockets Management. 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.gpo.gov/fdsys/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 Division of Dockets Management, 5630 Fishers 
Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: FDA PRA Staff, Office of Operations, 
Food and Drug Administration, Three White Flint North, 10A63, 11601 
Landsdown St., North Bethesda, MD 20852, PRAStaff@fda.hhs.gov.

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,

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when appropriate, and other forms of information technology.

Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards

OMB Control Number 0910-0621--Extension

    The Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards 
(the Program Standards) define nine essential elements of an effective 
regulatory program for retail food establishments, establish basic 
quality control criteria for each element, and provide a means of 
recognition for the State, local, territorial, tribal and Federal 
regulatory programs that meet the Program Standards. The program 
elements addressed by the Program Standards are as follows: (1) 
Regulatory foundation; (2) trained regulatory staff; (3) inspection 
program based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) 
principles; (4) uniform inspection program, (5) foodborne illness and 
food defense preparedness and response; (6) compliance and enforcement; 
(7) industry and community relations; (8) program support and 
resources; and (9) program assessment. Each standard includes a list of 
records needed to document conformance with the standard (referred to 
in the Program Standards document as ``quality records'') and has one 
or more corresponding forms and worksheets to facilitate the collection 
of information needed to assess the retail food regulatory program 
against that standard. The respondents are State, local, territorial, 
tribal, and potentially other Federal regulatory agencies. Regulatory 
agencies may use existing available records or may choose to develop 
and use alternate forms and worksheets that capture the same 
information.
    In the course of their normal activities, State, local, 
territorial, tribal, and Federal regulatory agencies already collect 
and keep on file many of the records needed as quality records to 
document compliance with each of the Program Standards. Although the 
detail and format in which this information is collected and recorded 
may vary by jurisdiction, records that are kept as a usual and 
customary part of normal Agency activities include inspection records, 
written quality assurance procedures, records of quality assurance 
checks, staff training certificates and other training records, a log 
or database of food-related illness or injury complaints, records of 
investigations resulting from such complaints, an inventory of 
inspection equipment, records of outside audits, and records of 
outreach efforts (e.g., meeting agendas and minutes, documentation of 
food safety education activities). No new recordkeeping burden is 
associated with these existing records, which are already a part of 
usual and customary program recordkeeping activities by State, local, 
territorial, tribal and Federal regulatory agencies, and which can 
serve as quality records under the Program Standards.
    In April 2016, the Conference for Food Protection (CFP) recommended 
that FDA make a change in Program Standard #4--Uniform Inspection 
Program, more specifically to change Program Standard #4's Program 
Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Form. Once changes have been 
incorporated into the 2017 version, it will be available on FDA's Web 
site.
    With this change, in order to achieve conformance to Program 
Standard #4, jurisdictions must achieve an overall inspection program 
performance rating for 20 elements as opposed to 10 elements that were 
previously required. The previous 10 elements had several criteria 
under one program element. The change to 20 elements allows the 
Standard to clearly delineate out each criterion individually rather 
than having several criteria under one program element. This 
streamlines and clarifies the process in meeting the Standard. As a 
result, the assessment review of each inspector's work will now be 
required for three joint inspections as opposed to the previously 
required two.
    State, local, territorial, tribal and Federal regulatory agencies 
that enroll in the Program Standards and seek listing in the FDA 
National Registry are required to report to FDA on the completion of 
the following three management tasks outlined in the Program Standards: 
(1) Conducting a program self-assessment; (2) conducting a risk factor 
study of the regulated industry; and (3) obtaining an independent 
outside audit (verification audit). The results are reported on forms 
formerly known as Form FDA 3519 and Form FDA 3520. Currently FDA is 
working to consolidate both Forms FDA 3519 ``FDA National Registry 
Report'' and FDA 3520 ``Permission to Publish in National Registry'' 
into one form thereby reducing the burden by 50 percent. The new Form 
FDA 3958 will be provided in the Program Standards document, and will 
also be provided on FDA's Web site at: http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/RetailFoodProtection/ProgramStandards/default.htm. 
If a regulatory agency follows all the recordkeeping recommendations in 
the individual standards and their sample worksheets, it will have all 
the information needed to complete the forms.

Recordkeeping

    FDA's recordkeeping burden estimate includes time required for a 
state, local, territorial, tribal, or Federal agency to review the 
instructions in the Program Standards, compile information from 
existing sources, and create any records recommended in the Program 
Standards that are not already kept in the normal course of the 
agency's usual and customary activities. Sample worksheets are provided 
to assist in this compilation. In estimating the time needed for the 
program self-assessment (Program Standards 1 through 8, shown in table 
1), FDA considered responses from four State and three local 
jurisdictions that participated in an FDA Program Standards Pilot 
study. Table 2 shows the estimated recordkeeping burden for the 
completion of the baseline data collection, and table 3 shows the 
estimated recordkeeping burden for the verification audit.
    FDA estimates the burden of this collection of information as 
follows:

                        Table 1--Self-Assessment
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                                                              Hours per
             Standard               Recordkeeping activity      record
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No. 1: Regulatory Foundation.....  Self-Assessment:                   16
                                    Completion of worksheet
                                    recording results of
                                    evaluations and
                                    comparison on
                                    worksheets \1\.
No. 2: Trained Regulatory Staff..  Self-Assessment:                 19.3
                                    Completion of CFP Field
                                    Training Manual and
                                    Documentation of
                                    Successful Completion--
                                    Field Training Process;
                                    completion of summary
                                    worksheet of each
                                    employee training
                                    records \1\ \2\.
No. 3: HACCP Principles..........  Self-Assessment:                    4
                                    Completion of worksheet
                                    documentation \1\.

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No. 4: Uniform Inspection Program  Self-Assessment:                   19
                                    Completion of worksheet
                                    documentation of
                                    jurisdiction's quality
                                    assurance procedures
                                    \1\ \2\.
No. 5: Foodborne Illness           Self-Assessment:                    5
 Investigation.                     Completion of worksheet
                                    documentation \1\.
No. 6: Compliance Enforcement....  Self-Assessment:                   19
                                    Selection and review of
                                    20 to 70 establishment
                                    files at 25 minutes per
                                    file. Estimate is based
                                    on a mean number of 45.
                                    Completion of worksheet
                                    \1\.
No. 7: Industry & Community        Self-Assessment:                    2
 Relations.                         Completion of worksheet
                                    \1\.
No. 8: Program Support and         Self-Assessment:                    8
 Resources.                         Selection and review of
                                    establishment files \1\.
                                  --------------------------------------
    Total........................  ........................         92.3
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\1\ Or comparable documentation.
\2\ Estimates will vary depending on number of regulated food
  establishments and the number of inspectors employed by the
  jurisdiction.


                    Table 2--Baseline Data Collection
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                                                            Hours per
            Standard             Recordkeeping activity       record
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No. 9: Program Assessment......  Risk Factor Study and              333
                                  Intervention Strategy
                                  \1\.
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\1\ Calculation based on mean sample size of 39 and average FDA
  inspection time for each establishment type. Estimates will vary
  depending on number of regulated food establishments within a
  jurisdiction and the number of inspectors employed by the
  jurisdiction.


                       Table 3--Verification Audit
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                                                            Hours per
            Activity             Recordkeeping activity       record
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Administrative Procedures......  Verification Audit \1\           46.15
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\1\ We estimate that no more than 50% of time spent to complete self-
  assessment of all nine standards is spent completing verification
  audit worksheets. Time will be considerably less if less than nine
  standards require verification audits.


                                                   Table 4--Estimated Annual Recordkeeping Burden \1\
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                                                                                                                        Average  burden
                                                                        Number of        Number of       Total annual         per
                              Activity                                recordkeepers     records per        records       recordkeeping     Total Hours
                                                                                        recordkeeper                        (hours)
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Recordkeeping for FDA Worksheets \2\...............................             500                1              500            94.29           47,145
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\1\ There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
\2\ Or comparable documentation.

    FDA bases its estimates of the number of recordkeepers and the 
hours per record on its experience with the Program Standards over the 
past 16 years. As of September 30, 2016, 711 jurisdictions were 
enrolled in the Program Standards. However, based upon the level of 
ongoing support provided by FDA to enrolled jurisdictions and the 
number of forms submitted annually, FDA estimates that no more than 500 
jurisdictions actively participate in the Program Standards during any 
given year. There are approximately 3,000 jurisdictions in the United 
States and its territories that have retail food regulatory programs. 
Enrollment in the Program Standards is voluntary and, therefore, FDA 
does not expect all jurisdictions to participate.
    FDA bases its estimate of the hours per record on the recordkeeping 
estimates for the management tasks of self-assessment, risk factor 
study, and verification audit (tables 1, 2, and 3 of this document) 
that enrolled jurisdictions must perform a total of 471.45 hours (92.3 
+ 333 + 46.15 = 471.45). Enrolled jurisdictions must conduct the work 
described in tables 1, 2, and 3 over a 5-year period. Therefore FDA 
estimates that, annually, 500 recordkeepers will spend 94.29 hours 
(471.45 / 5 = 94.29) performing the required recordkeeping for a total 
of 47,145 hours as shown in table 4.

Reporting

    Previously, FDA required regulatory jurisdictions that participate 
in the Program Standards to submit two forms annually: Form FDA 3519, 
``FDA National Registry Report,'' and Form FDA 3520, ``Permission to 
Publish in National Registry.'' FDA created a new consolidated FDA Form 
3958 that has four parts: Part 1 requires the name and address of the 
jurisdiction; name and contact information for the contact person for 
this jurisdiction; the jurisdictions Web site address and if the 
jurisdiction is willing to serve as an auditor for another 
jurisdiction. Part 2 requires information about enrollment, whether 
this jurisdiction is a new enrollee and the date of enrollment; 
indication whether this jurisdiction would like to be removed from the 
jurisdiction listing; indication of updated findings to the self-
assessment or verification audit. Part 3 requires information about 
self-assessment findings and verification audit findings; dates when 
self-assessment was completed; which standards have been met as 
determined by the self-assessment; which standards have been met as 
verified by a verification audit including the completion dates. Part 4 
requires permission to publish information on FDA's Web site by

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checking the appropriate box(es) to indicate what information FDA may 
publish on the Web site.
    The reporting burden in table 5 includes only the time necessary to 
fill out and send the form, as compiling the underlying information 
(including self-assessment reports, Risk Factor Study data collection, 
outside audits, and supporting documentation) is accounted for under 
the recordkeeping estimates in table 4.
    FDA estimates the reporting burden for this collection of 
information as follows:

                                                     Table 5--Estimated Annual Reporting Burden \1\
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                                                                                Number of
              Activity                      FDA form            Number of     responses per   Total annual       Average  burden per        Total hours
                                                               respondents     respondent       responses         response  (hours)
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Submission of ``FDA National         3598..................             500               1             500  0.1 (6 minutes)............              50
 Registry Report''.
Request for documentation of         Conference for Food                500               3           1,500  0.1 (6 minutes)............             150
 successful completion of staff       Protection Training
 training.                            Plan and Log.
                                                            --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Total..........................  ......................  ..............  ..............  ..............  ...........................             200
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\1\ There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.

    FDA bases its estimates of the number of respondents and the hours 
per response on its experience with the Program Standards. As explained 
previously in this document, FDA estimates that no more than 500 
Regulatory jurisdictions will participate in the Program Standards in 
any given year. FDA estimates a total of 6 minutes annually for each 
enrolled jurisdiction to complete the form. FDA bases its estimate on 
the small number of data elements on the form and the ease of 
availability of the information. FDA estimates that, annually, 500 
regulatory jurisdictions will submit one Form FDA 3598 for a total of 
500 annual responses. Each submission is estimated to take 0.1 hour (or 
6 minutes) per response for a total of 50 hours. In addition, FDA 
estimates that, annually, 500 regulatory jurisdictions will submit 
three requests for documentation of successful completion of staff 
training using the CFP Training Plan and Log for a total of 1,500 
annual responses. Each submission is estimated to take 0.1 hour (or 6 
minutes) per response for a total of 150 hours. Thus, the total 
reporting burden for this information collection is 200 hours.

    Dated: March 14, 2017.
Leslie Kux,
Associate Commissioner for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2017-05414 Filed 3-17-17; 8:45 am]
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