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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates both animal and human health products, said Dec. 30 that a new tool allowing the public to file “citizen petitions” online is now live.

The website feature, which is available here, "is now properly set to accept petitions in the form of comments," FDA spokeswoman Siobhan DeLancey told Examiner.com. Users can click the “Comment Now!” button to submit petition documents.

In announcing the new tool Dec. 19, the agency said the electronic filing option would promote “efficiency and ease in communication, quicker interaction between citizen petitioners and FDA, and easier access to FDA to seek input through the citizen petition process.” The FDA will continue to accept non-electronic submissions, such as mail and delivery.

Citizen petitions are used by individuals, businesses and advocacy groups to ask the FDA to “issue, amend or revoke a regulation or order, or take or refrain from taking any other form of administrative action,” according to the FDA. The agency said it currently receives about 200 petitions a year.

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