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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Knowledgebase of Federal Register Documents (OCAC eFR)

Description: Develop, test, and launch pilot of a searchable electronic knowledgebase of Federal Register (FR) documents and related information for cosmetic products, cosmetic ingredients, contaminants, and certain over-the-counter drug products (OCAC eFR knowledgebase). This tool will provide scientists and regulatory professionals in OCAC and partnering offices (e.g., OFAS, ORPSS) with desktop access to historical and current documents, increasing overall efficiency and effective communication.

Accomplishment: The cosmetics catalog of the eFR Knowledgebase pulls together into one searchable system all Federal Register publications on cosmetic-related topics, beginning with the passage of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in 1938. This is a significant improvement over the GPO Access website at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html which reaches back only to 1994. The eFR Knowledgebase also streamlines searches by excluding numerous irrelevant results. Both factors will expedite the regulatory research needed to fulfill FDA's public health mission.

Milestone DescriptionMilestone DateMilestone StatusMilestone Completion Date

A. Initial meeting with Developer to discuss basic elements of cosmetic project scope


Completed 10/14/2009

B. Map access to shared drive with OFAS food and color additive eFR for research and reference in developing scope document


Completed 10/21/2009

C. Establish initial set of search terms and finalize scope document and instructions


Completed 12/4/2009

D. Transmit scope document and instructions to Developer through FDA Project Officer


Completed 12/7/2009

E. Send hardcopy FR files to Developer for QA of initial document set, bookmarks, etc.


Completed 1/14/2010

F. Demonstration of OCAC eFR to date, review feature to capture historical information


Completed 2/23/2010

G. Meet with Developer and OFAS to review project status, new features, and any need for additional search terms


Completed 3/8/2010

H. OCAC initial user testing and QA of initial product. Finalize expanded search terms and submit to Developer.


Completed 4/27/2010

I. Initiate pilot full eFR knowledgebase with final search terms and features


Completed 6/16/2010

Key Projects Legend

Milestone StatusDefinition
Not Yet StartedWork for specific milestone has not yet been started.
CompletedMilestone and/or overall project is completed.
On TrackMilestone - On track for completion by milestone deadline. Quarter status - Project is on track for completion based on overall milestone status.
On HoldMilestone - On hold, but deadline for completion has not passed. Quarter status - Project is on hold, based on overall milestone status.
DelayedMilestone - Delayed as it has not been completed and deadline has passed. Quarter status - Project is delayed based on overall milestone status.


Note: The data provided on this website is produced on an ongoing basis for performance management purposes and is subject to change due to updates of preliminary estimates, corrections, or other reasons. In addition, FDA may change the type or amount of data provided on this website at any time. Information marked as "Completed" may include measures and/or key projects for which activities are ongoing but no longer tracked as part of FDA-TRACK.