Updated VFD rule actually requires minimal review time, FDA says
This may be hard to believe given the voluminous government documents and trade journal publicity the veterinary feed directive (VFD) has generated, but FDA predicts its updated VFD rule should actually require minimal time for stakeholders to review because the rule is “relatively straightforward.”
The estimated 3,050 veterinarians in the US who treat food-producing animals will most likely educate themselves about the rule by reading articles in trade journals, state agricultural newsletters or other trade publications.
FDA estimates that this “will take no more than 1 hour,” according to an FDA impact analysis.
For food-animal producers in the US using VFD medications, FDA expects it will take about one-half hour to familiarize themselves with the updated rule by reading trade publication articles.
Administration review of the rule will take longer for feed mills (distributors) — about 4 hours, FDA estimates.
 Veterinary Feed Directive, Docket No. FDA-2010-N-0155. Final Regulatory Impact Analysis. Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis. Unfunded Mandatets Reform Act Analysis. FDA.