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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a list of information collection requests under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). To request a copy of these requests, call the CDC Reports Clearance Officer at (404) 639-7570 or send an email to
Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Program Reporting System (0920-0556, exp. 9/30/2012)--Revision--National Center for Chronic Disease and Public Health Promotion (NCDDPHP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The ART program reporting system is used to comply with Section 2(a) of Public Law 102-493 (known as the Fertility Clinic Success Rate and Certification Act of 1992 (FCSRCA)), 42 U.S.C. 263a-1(a)). FCSRCA requires each ART program to annually report to the Secretary through the CDC pregnancy success rates achieved by each ART program, the identity of each embryo laboratory used by such ART program, and whether the laboratory is certified or has applied for certification under the Act. The reporting system allows CDC to publish an annual success rate report to Congress as specified by the FCSRCA.
CDC requests OMB approval to continue information collection for three years. This Revision request includes an increase in the total estimated burden hours due to an increase in the estimated number of responding clinics and an increase in the estimated number of responses per respondent. In addition, this Revision request describes implementation of a brief, one-time optional feedback survey at the end of the data submission for each reporting year. The feedback survey will elicit information about ART reporting system usability as well as respondents' perspectives on the usefulness of the information collection.
Information is collected electronically through the National ART Surveillance System (NASS), a web-based interface, or by electronic submission of NASS-compatible files. The NASS includes information about all ART cycles initiated by any of the ART programs practicing in the United States and its territories. The system also collects information about the pregnancy outcome of each cycle as well as a number of data items deemed important to explain variability in success rates across ART programs and individuals.
Respondents are the 484 ART programs in the United States. Approximately 440 ART programs are expected to report an average of 339 ART cycles each. The burden estimate includes the time for collecting, validating, and reporting the requested information. Information is collected on an annual schedule.
There are no costs to the respondents other than their time. The total estimated annualized burden hours are 96,960.