[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 97 (Thursday, May 21, 2009)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 23815]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-11947]



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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

42 CFR Part 84

[Docket Number NIOSH-109]
RIN 0920-AA04


Quality Assurance Requirements for Respirators

AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; reopening of comment period.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is 
reopening the comment period until October 9, 2009 for the Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking on Quality Assurance Requirements for Respirators 
that was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, December 10, 
2008 (73 FR 75045). The comment period previously closed on April 10, 
2009.

DATES: All written comments on the proposed rule must be received on or 
before October 9, 2009.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN: 0920-AA04, by 
any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     E-mail: niocindocket@cdc.gov. Include ``RIN: 0920-AA04'' 
and ``42 CFR pt. 84'' in the subject line of the message.
     Mail: NIOSH Docket Office, Docket 109, Robert A. 
Taft Laboratories, MS-C34, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and docket number or Regulatory Information Number (RIN) for this 
rulemaking, RIN: 0920-AA04. All comments received will be posted 
without change to http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docket, including any 
personal information provided.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docket.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan V. Szalajda, NIOSH, National 
Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL), Post Office Box 
18070, 626 Cochrans Mill Road, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15236, 
telephone (412) 386-5200, facsimile (412) 386-4089, e-mail 
zfx1@cdc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Health and Human Services 
published a proposed rule on the Quality Assurance Requirements for 
Respirators on December 10, 2008 and requested comments on this 
proposed rule on or before February 9, 2009 (73 FR 75045). On March 4, 
2009, the Department announced two public meetings and reopened the 
comment period for the proposed rule until April 10, 2009 (74 FR 9381). 
The Department held the two public meetings on March 23, 2009 and March 
30, 2009. A commenter requested that the Department extend the public 
comment period, noting that the costs associated with the proposed QA 
requirements related to inspections, audits, documentation, complaint 
management, and document control administration are significant. The 
Department believes that the request to re-open the comment period is 
reasonable. Therefore, we are reopening the comment period for this 
proposal until October 9, 2009.

    Dated: May 15, 2009.
Ashley Files Flory,
Acting Executive Secretary to the Department.
[FR Doc. E9-11947 Filed 5-20-09; 8:45 am]
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