On 12 February 2013, FDA provided additional details for the three consultation sessions that it has planned on the proposed regulations it published earlier this year. The public meetings will be held in:
• Washington on February 28th and March 1st
• Chicago on March 11th and 12th
• Portland, Oregon on March 27th and 28th
Detailed information about the meetings can be found here.
The FDA has also released a number of supporting documents about these proposed rules, including an overview document and two fact sheets (one for preventive controls and one for produce safety). These can be accessed the main FSMA webpage.
The initial comment period on “information collection issues” – i.e., concerns about the “paperwork burden” as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 – closed on February 15th but the comment period on the content of the proposed regulations is open until May 16th.
Date: February 19, 2013