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FDA to Test Account Management Function in Import Communication System

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Food and Drug Administration is planning to conduct from July to October a pilot program to test and evaluate a new account management function in its Import Trade Auxiliary Communication System. Participation will be needed from a small group of filers, importers of record and consignees; those wishing to participate should email the FDA no later than July 7.

ITACS currently provides the import trade community with the ability to check the status of FDA-regulated entries and lines, electronically submit entry documentation, electronically submit the location of goods availability for those lines targeted for FDA physical examination, and check estimated laboratory analysis completion dates. All that is necessary to access these functions is a valid customs entry number that has been successfully transmitted to the FDA.

The purpose of the forthcoming pilot is to test and evaluate an expansion of ITACS functionality to include the use of user login accounts that would enable the FDA to distribute notices of action via email and enable users to download notices of action from within ITACS. Accounts would also allow users to view in ITACS the details of specific information requests that are currently delivered via hard copy notices of action. Implementation of account functionality would also allow for potential future ITACS enhancements requested by the import trade community that require user authentication.

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