21 CFR 12.70 - Authority of presiding officer.
(a) Specify and change the date, time, and place of oral hearings and conferences;
(b) Establish the procedures for use in developing evidentiary facts, including the procedures in § 12.92(b) and to rule on the need for oral testimony and cross-examination under § 12.87(b);
(c) Prepare statements of the areas of factual disagreement among the participants;
(e) Administer oaths and affirmations;
(f) Control the course of the hearing and the conduct of the participants;
(g) Examine witnesses and strike their testimony if they fail to respond fully to proper questions;
(h) Rule on, admit, exclude, or limit evidence;
(i) Set the time for filing pleadings;
(j) Rule on motions and other procedural matters;
(k) Rule on motions for summary decision under § 12.93;
(l) Conduct the hearing in stages if the number of parties is large or the issues are numerous and complex;
(m) Waive, suspend, or modify any rule in this subpart under § 10.19 if the presiding officer determines that no party will be prejudiced, the ends of justice will be served, and the action is in accordance with law;
(o) Take any action for the fair, expeditious, and orderly conduct of the hearing.