## No rounding [Regulatives / Guidelines]

Hi sudy,

» As per progesterone guidance and FDA statistical guideline, 95% uppper confidence bound should be less than or equal to zero. Now,

» 1) less than zero mean negative value, it’s very clear.

» 2) Equal to zero, i have a doubt that it is exactly zero. Because in practical situation during statistical calculation, we never get exact zero (very less chance).

Is is so difficult understanding what the “≤” symbols means?

≤ 0 reads

» So if we have a value e.g. 0.01 or 0.001 or 0.06, If we round this value we get zero.

» Can we consider it as zero?

Nope.

» FDA given clarity for 90% confidence interval but not for 95% upper confidence bound.

» Is there any reference to report value upto 2 digits after decimal place without rounding for 95% upper bound?

No rounding according to the FDA’s guidance.

As you rightly stated, the FDA’s rounding rules are for the CI in

» As per progesterone guidance and FDA statistical guideline, 95% uppper confidence bound should be less than or equal to zero. Now,

» 1) less than zero mean negative value, it’s very clear.

» 2) Equal to zero, i have a doubt that it is exactly zero. Because in practical situation during statistical calculation, we never get exact zero (very less chance).

Is is so difficult understanding what the “≤” symbols means?

≤ 0 reads

*“less than or equal to zero”*(equivalently:*“not greater than zero“*, or*“at most zero”*).» So if we have a value e.g. 0.01 or 0.001 or 0.06, If we round this value we get zero.

» Can we consider it as zero?

Nope.

» FDA given clarity for 90% confidence interval but not for 95% upper confidence bound.

» Is there any reference to report value upto 2 digits after decimal place without rounding for 95% upper bound?

No rounding according to the FDA’s guidance.

As you rightly stated, the FDA’s rounding rules are for the CI in

*percent*. That means at the 4^{th}(<100%) or 5^{th}(≥100%)*significant*digit. IMHO, the same “logic” would mean a rounding cut-off at 0.0001 or 0.00001. If you want to go that way (which I don’t recommend) initiate a controlled correspondence with the FDA in order to avoid an RtR (see this post).—

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### Complete thread:

- 95% UB criteria for FDA sudy 2018-07-11 12:31 [Regulatives / Guidelines]
- No roundingHelmut 2018-07-11 14:31