Department of Health and Human Services December 8, 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Prospective Grant of Exclusive Patent License: N-Acetyl Mannosamine as a Therapeutic Agent
Document Number: 2017-26540
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-08
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
The National Human Genome Research Institute, an institute of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, is contemplating the grant of an exclusive patent license to practice the inventions embodied in the Patents and Patent Applications listed in the Supplementary Information section of this notice to Leadiant Biosciences, Inc, located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-26524
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-08
Agency: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' intention to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, and to allow a second opportunity for public comment on the notice. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including the necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions, the accuracy of the estimated burden, ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.
Submission for OMB Review; 30-Day Comment Request; A Generic Submission for Formative Research, Pre-testing, Stakeholder Measures and Advocate Forms at NCI (National Cancer Institute)
Document Number: 2017-26495
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-08
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection listed below.
CLASS Condition of the Head Start Designation Renewal System
Document Number: 2017-26483
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-12-08
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
OHS invites public comment on several specific changes being considered for the CLASS condition of the Designation Renewal System (DRS) as outlined in the Head Start Program Performance Standards. We are considering changes to the CLASS condition with a goal of improving implementation and transparency of the DRS. Changes being considered include removal of the ``lowest 10 percent'' provision of the CLASS condition, an increase of the minimum thresholds for the Emotional Support and Classroom Organization domains to a score of 5, removal of the minimum threshold for the Instructional Support domain, and establishment of authority for the Secretary to set an absolute minimum threshold for the Instructional Support domain prior to the start of each fiscal year to be applied for DRS CLASS reviews in the same fiscal year. OHS requests feedback on these possible changes as well as alternative changes to the CLASS condition, particularly ways the Instructional Support threshold could be set and/or adjusted that would incentivize program improvement while acknowledging the current state of the field. OHS also invites feedback on other conditions of the DRS.
Agency Recordkeeping/Reporting Requirements Under Emergency Review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-26472
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-08
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Report on the Performance of Drug and Biologics Firms in Conducting Postmarketing Requirements and Commitments; Availability
Document Number: 2017-26470
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-08
Agency: Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is required to report annually in the Federal Register on the status of postmarketing requirements (PMRs) and postmarketing commitments (PMCs) required of, or agreed upon by, holders of approved drug and biological products. This notice is the Agency's report on the status of the studies and clinical trials that applicants have agreed to, or are required to, conduct.
Registration and Product Listing for Owners and Operators of Domestic Tobacco Product Establishments; Guidance for Industry; Availability
Document Number: 2017-26469
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-08
Agency: Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a revised guidance for industry entitled ``Registration and Product Listing for Owners and Operators of Domestic Tobacco Product Establishments.'' This guidance is intended to assist persons making tobacco product establishment registration and product listing submissions to FDA.
Fostering Digital Health Innovation: Developing the Software Precertification Program; Public Workshop; Request for Comments
Document Number: 2017-26457
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-08
Agency: Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, the Agency, or we) is announcing the following public workshop entitled ``Fostering Digital Health Innovation: Developing the Software Precertification Program.'' The purpose of the public workshop is to discuss the progress of the pilot precertification program and to seek input on the ongoing development of the Software Precertification Program. In its Digital Health Innovation Action Plan and as part of the Medical Device User Fee Amendments, FDA has committed to explore opportunities to establish streamlined regulatory pathways tailored for digital health technologies that take into account real world evidence while incorporating principles established through international harmonization.
Request for Information on the Office of Disease Prevention Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2019-2023
Document Number: 2017-26453
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-08
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
This Request for Information (RFI) is intended to gather broad public input on the FY 2019-2023 Strategic Plan for the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). The ODP invites input from prevention researchers in academia and industry, health care professionals, patient advocates and advocacy organizations, scientific or professional organizations, federal agencies, and other interested members of the public. Organizations are strongly encouraged to submit a single response that reflects the views of their organization and membership as a whole.
Changes to Existing Medical Software Policies Resulting From Section 3060 of the 21st Century Cures Act; Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Availability
Document Number: 2017-26442
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-08
Agency: Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is announcing the availability of the draft guidance entitled ``Changes to Existing Medical Software Policies Resulting from Section 3060 of the 21st Century Cures Act.'' This draft guidance provides clarity on FDA's current thinking regarding changes made by the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) to the definition of a medical device and the resulting effect on guidances related to medical device software. This draft guidance is not final nor is it in effect at this time.
Software as a Medical Device: Clinical Evaluation; International Medical Device Regulators Forum; Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Availability
Document Number: 2017-26441
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-08
Agency: Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is announcing the availability of the guidance entitled ``Software as a Medical Device (SaMD): Clinical Evaluation.'' This guidance was prepared as part of the FDA's international convergence efforts under the auspices of the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF), formerly the Global Harmonization Task Force. The guidance, informed by global and U.S. public comments, pertains to Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) and focuses on principles of clinical evaluation, which include establishing the scientific validity, clinical performance, and analytical validity for SaMD. The guidance is intended to provide globally harmonized principles of when and what type of clinical evaluation is appropriate based on the risk of the SaMD.
Oncology Center of Excellence Listening Session; Public Meeting; Request for Comments
Document Number: 2017-26440
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-08
Agency: Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, the Agency, or we) is announcing the following public meeting entitled ``Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE): Listening Session.'' The purpose of the public meeting and the docket for comments is for stakeholders to provide recommendations to the Agency regarding FDA's OCE. Specifically, the Agency solicits comments regarding what stakeholders desire of the OCE in terms of structure, function, regulatory purview, and activity.
Clinical and Patient Decision Support Software; Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff; Availability
Document Number: 2017-26439
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-08
Agency: Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is announcing the availability of the draft guidance entitled ``Clinical and Patient Decision Support Software.'' This draft guidance provides clarity on the scope of FDA's oversight of clinical decision support software intended for healthcare professionals, and patient decision support software intended for patients and caregivers who are not healthcare professionals. This draft guidance is not final nor is it in effect at this time.
Prescription Drug User Fee Act VI Commitment To Assess Current Practices of the Food and Drug Administration and Sponsors in Communicating During Investigational New Drug Development; Establishment of a Public Docket; Request for Comments
Document Number: 2017-26437
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-08
Agency: Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the statement of work to assess current practices of FDA and sponsors in communicating during investigational new drug (IND) development and identify best practices and areas of improvement. The independent assessment is part of FDA performance commitments under the recent reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA). The independent assessment of current practices of FDA and sponsors in communicating during drug development is described in detail in the document entitled ``PDUFA Reauthorization Performance Goals and Procedures Fiscal Years 2018 Through 2022'' available at https://www.fda.gov/downloads/forindustry/ userfees/prescriptiondruguserfee/ucm511438.pdf. As part of FDA performance commitments described in this document, the assessment will be conducted by an independent contractor. FDA is providing for public comment on the statement of work before revising and requesting contractor proposals.
Abbreviated New Drug Applications for Certain Highly Purified Synthetic Peptide Drug Products That Refer to Listed Drugs of Recombinant Deoxyribonucleic Acid Origin; Draft Guidance for Industry; Availability; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2017-26436
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-08
Agency: Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is extending the comment period for the notice of availability that appeared in the Federal Register of October 3, 2017. In the notice of availability, FDA requested comments on the draft guidance for industry entitled ``ANDAs for Certain Highly Purified Synthetic Peptide Drug Products That Refer to Listed Drugs of rDNA Origin.'' The Agency is taking this action in response to public interest in the draft guidance and to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments.