On February 10, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a Direct Final Rule (DFR) that solicited public comment on the establishment of user fees for filovirus testing of all nonhuman primates that die during the HHS/CDC-required 31-day quarantine period for any reason other than trauma. That document incorrectly listed the effective date as March 12, 2012. On February 10, 2012, HHS/CDC also published in the Federal Register a companion Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) (77 FR 7109) that proposed identical filovirus testing and user fee requirements. In both the DFR and NPRM, HHS/CDC indicated that if it did not receive any significant adverse comments by April 10, 2012, it would publish a document in the Federal Register withdrawing the NPRM and confirming the effective date of the DFR within 30 days after the end of the comment period. Because of the error in effective date the DFR took effect prior to the expiration of the comment period. Because of this error and due to receiving significant adverse public comments, HHS/CDC is amending 42 CFR 71.53 by removing paragraph (j) which will have the same effect as the withdrawal of the DFR. HHS/CDC will carefully review the comments received on the notice of proposed rulemaking published on February 10, 2012.
Agency Contact: For questions concerning this document: Ashley A. Marrone, JD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Mailstop E-03, Atlanta, Georgia 30333; telephone 404-498-1600. For information concerning program operations: Dr. Robert Mullan, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Mailstop E-03, Atlanta, Georgia 30333; telephone 404-498-1600.
This rule is final. Its effective date is June 15, 2012.