#FedFeed

This week’s #FedFeed includes: (1) EPA’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan; (2) Stiffer rules for all imported non-human primates slated for lab testing; (3) FAA bans flight crew use of digital devices; (4) Protecting medical devices during extreme weather events; and (5) Three macaw bird species added to Endangered Species List.

EPA’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan:
The EPA seeks public comment thru April 9, 2013 on its plan to adapt to climate change in order to continue fulfilling its statutory, regulatory and programmatic requirements, chief among these protection of human health and the environment. Adaptation will involve anticipating and planning for changes in climate and incorporating considerations of climate change into many of the agency’s programs, policies, rules and operations to ensure they are effective under changing climatic conditions.

Stiffer rules for all imported non-human primates slated for lab testing:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has scheduled April 16, 2013 as the date the final rule goes into effect on the importation all Non-Human Primates (NHPs), particularly those captured in the wild that may harbor agents infectious to humans.  The existing rules relating to the blood, saliva and fecal testing and quarantine of three of the primate species most dangerous to humans will now be extended to all NHPs.  Due to the nature of the job, persons working in temporary and long-term holding facilities and those involved in transporting NHPs (e.g., cargo handlers and inspectors) are especially at risk for infection. NHPs are a potential source of pathogens and communicable or zoonotic disease that may be fatal to humans, including filoviruses, hepatitis, herpes B virus, tuberculosis (TB), and parasitic infections.  However, CDC is also finalizing a provision to reduce the frequency at which importers of cynomolgus, African green, and rhesus monkeys are required to renew their special permits (from every 180 days to every 2 years).  CDC is also requiring that all NHPs be imported only through ports of entry where a CDC quarantine station is located.

FAA bans flight crew use of digital devices:
The Federal Aviation Administration seeks public comment until March 18, 2013 on a new rule prohibiting flight-crew members from using a personal wireless communications device or laptop computer for personal use while at their duty station on the flight deck while the aircraft is being operated. This rule is intended to ensure that certain non-essential activities do not contribute to the challenge of task management on the flight deck or a loss of situational awareness due to attention to non-essential tasks.

Protecting medical devices during extreme weather events:
The Food and Drug Administration seeks public comment thru May 10, 2013 on specific questions regarding the potential effects of extreme weather and natural disasters on medical device safety and quality. The agency is very interested in comments from persons that have experienced extreme weather impacts upon their medical devices, i.e., comments on how extended periods of electrical or network outages or other events were handled, including communications between the manufacturer facility and patients/users about the safe use of products during extreme weather events.  Other area include how information about device failures was sent or received and any suggestions for complaint handling during these situations.

Three macaw bird species to be listed on Endangered Species List:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced the re-opening of the public comment period until April 22, 2013 on two Endangered Species Act proposals: one to list the hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus), and one to list the military macaw (Ara militaris) and great green macaw (Ara ambiguus).