USA – FDA to Implement All COVID-19-Related Guidance Immediately, Without Public Comment

In light of the need to act quickly and efficiently to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday said that it anticipates that prior public participation will not be feasible or appropriate before FDA implements COVID-19-related guidance documents.

Although COVID-19-related guidance documents will be immediately implemented without prior public comment, FDA said it will still solicit comment, review all comments received and revise the guidance documents as appropriate.

In addition, rather than publishing a separate Notice of Availability (NOA) for each COVID-19-related guidance document, FDA said it intends to publish periodically a consolidated NOA…