[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 32 (Thursday, February 16, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 9256-9257]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-3606]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Food and Drug Administration

[Docket No. FDA-2012-N-0123]


Design and Methodology for Postmarket Surveillance Studies Under 
Section 522 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; Public 
Workshop

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Notice of public workshop.

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SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing a public 
workshop entitled ``Design and Methodology for Postmarket Surveillance 
Studies under Section 522 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act''. 
The purpose of the public workshop is to provide a forum for discussion 
among FDA, industry, governmental agencies, academia, clinicians and 
various stakeholders with experience in epidemiology, statistics, and 
biomedical research to advance the design and methodologies for medical 
device surveillance studies in the ``postmarket'' setting, i.e., after 
FDA premarket approval or clearance of the device and marketing of the 
device has begun.

DATES: The meeting will be held on March 7, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 
p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the FDA White Oak Campus, 10903 
New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 31, Rm 1503 (the Great Room), Silver Spring, 
MD 20993. For parking and security information, please visit the 
following Web site: http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/WorkingatFDA/BuildingsandFacilities/WhiteOakCampusInformation/ucm241740.htm. The 
public workshop will also be available to be viewed online via webcast.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Samantha Jacobs, Center for Devices 
and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New 
Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, Rm. 4201C, Silver Spring, MD 20993, 301-796-
6897, email: samantha.jacobs@fda.hhs.gov; or Mary Beth Ritchey, Center 
for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, 
10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, Rm. 4118, Silver Spring, MD 20993, 
301-796-6638, email: maryelizabeth.ritchey@fda.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Registration: To register for the public 
workshop, please visit the following Web site: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/NewsEvents/WorkshopsConferences/ucm289465.htm (or go to 
http://www.fda.gov and select the FDA Medical Devices News & Events--
Workshops & Conferences calendar and select this public workshop from 
the posted events list). Please provide complete contact information 
for each attendee, including name, title, affiliation, address, email, 
and telephone number. For persons interested in attending this workshop 
and without Internet access, please call one of the people listed in 
the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section in this document in order 
to register. Registrants will receive confirmation once they have been 
accepted. You will be notified if you are on a waitlist. There is no 
fee to attend the public workshop, but attendees must register in 
advance. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Persons interesting in attending this workshop must register online by 
February 29, 2012. Registration is mandatory as space is limited and 
onsite registration will not be available. FDA may limit the number of 
participants from each organization.
    If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please 
contact Susan Monahan at susan.monahan@fda.hhs.gov no later than March 
1, 2012.
    Security: Non-U.S. citizens are subject to additional security 
screening, and they should register as soon as possible. Entrance for 
the public meeting participants (non-FDA employees) is through Building 
1 where routine security check procedures will be performed. For 
parking and security information, please visit the Web site address in 
the ADDRESSES section of this document.
    Streaming Webcast of the Public Workshop: This workshop will also 
be webcast. Persons interested in viewing the webcast must register 
online by 5 p.m. on February 29, 2012. Early registration is 
recommended because webcast connections are limited. Organizations are 
requested to register all participants, but view using one connection 
per location. Webcast participants will be sent technical system 
requirements after registration, and will be sent connection access 
information after March 1, 2012. If you have never attended a Connect 
Pro meeting before, test your connection at: https://collaboration.fda.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm. To get 
a quick overview of the Connect Pro program, visit: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview. (FDA has verified the Web site 
addresses in this document, but FDA is not responsible for any 
subsequent changes to the Web sites after this document publishes in 
the Federal Register.)
    Background: Under section 522(a) of the Federal Food, Drug and 
Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), enacted by the Food and Drug Administration 
Modernization Act of 1997 (FDAMA) (Pub. L. 105-115, Sec.  212, 111 
Stat. 2346), codified at 21 U.S.C. 360l(a), FDA may order a 
manufacturer to conduct postmarket surveillance for any Class II or 
Class III device (i) Intended to be implanted in the human body for 
more than 1 year or to be used to sustain or support life outside a 
device user facility, or (ii) whose failure would be reasonably likely 
to have serious adverse health consequences. The Food and Drug 
Administration Amendments of 2007 (FDAAA) (Pub. L. 110-85, Sec.  307, 
121 Stat. 865) expanded the scope of section 522 to include devices 
intended for pediatric use.

Agenda for the Public Workshop

1. Why are we holding this public workshop?

    The purpose of the proposed workshop is to facilitate discussion 
among the FDA, industry, governmental agencies, academia, clinicians, 
and key stakeholders with experience in epidemiology, statistics, and 
biomedical research in the scientific community to advance the design 
and methodologies for medical device surveillance studies in the 
postmarket setting.

2. Who is the target audience for this public workshop? Who should 
attend this public workshop?

    This workshop is open to all interested parties. The target 
audience is professionals in the scientific community interested in 
advancing the infrastructure and methodology for postmarket 
surveillance studies.

3. What are the topics we intend to address at the public workshop?

    We intend to discuss a large number of issues at the workshop, 
including, but not limited to the following:

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     Regulations for postmarket surveillance studies,
     Challenges and opportunities for collaborative efforts,
     Innovative methodologies and scientific infrastructure to 
promote innovation,
     Role of networks, registries and observational studies,

4. Where can I find out more about this public workshop?

    Background information on the public workshop, registration 
information, the agenda, information about lodging, and other relevant 
information will be posted, as it becomes available, on the Internet at 
http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/meetings.html.
    Comments: Regardless of attendance at the public workshop, 
interested persons may submit electronic comments, or written comments 
by April 6, 2012. Submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comment to the Division of Dockets 
Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, 
rm, 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Comments are to be identified with the 
docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. In 
addition, when responding to specific topics listed in paragraph 3 of 
the ``Agenda for the Public Workshop'' section of this document, please 
identify the topic you are addressing. Received comments may be seen in 
the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday 
through Friday.
    Transcripts: Please be advised that as soon as a transcript is 
available, it will be accessible at http://www.regulations.gov. It may 
be viewed at the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and 
Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. 
A transcript will also be available in either hardcopy or on CD-ROM, 
after submission of a Freedom of Information request. Any written 
request for a transcript is to be sent to the Division of Freedom of 
Information. Written requests are to be sent to Division of Freedom of 
Information (ELEM-1029), Food and Drug Administration, 12420 Parklawn 
Dr., Element Bldg., Rockville, MD 20857. A link to the transcripts will 
also be available on the Internet at http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/NewsEvents/WorkshopsConferences/default.htm (select this public 
workshop from the posted events list), approximately 45 days after the 
public workshop.

    Dated February 10, 2012.
Nancy K. Stade,
Deputy Director for Policy, Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
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