The Reagan-Udall Foundation seeks to collect perspectives and experiences on the Food and Drug Administration’s human food program through a new “Stakeholder Portal.”
The Reagan-Udall Foundation’s panel of independent experts was charged with evaluating the structure, leadership, authorities, resources, and culture of the FDA’s human food program.
FDA Commissioner Robert Califf announced the review in May as he was questioned by a congressional committee about an outbreak of cronobacter infections linked to Abbott Nutrition infant formula. The agency was criticized for its slow response to the situation and disorganization. Some people have called for a reorganization of top jobs at the FDA.
The Reagan-Udall panel is expected to provide recommendations that would equip the FDA to carry out its regulatory responsibilities, strengthen its relationships with state and local governments, and secure the nation’s food supply for the future.
The review was officially launched on September 8 and is scheduled to be completed 60 business days later on December 1. 6, in a report to Califf.
The Foundation has also announced a public meeting of its independent food-focused panel scheduled for September 29-30.
“The expert panel wants to hear directly from stakeholders,” said Jane E. Henney, MD and chair of the independent food panel. “We want to hear first-hand observations about the strengths and challenges facing the program, as well as ideas about how to better prepare for the regulatory landscape of the future.”
The portal allows interested parties to share their views on what is working in the FDA’s human food program, the challenges it faces, and suggestions for improving program operations.
Comments received through the Stakeholder Portal will be shared with the Independent Expert Panel tasked with generating the recommendations for the FDA.
The Stakeholder Portal can be found here.
The Reagan-Udall Foundation will facilitate a public meeting of the Independent Expert Panel on Food. Invited stakeholders will provide commentary on critical topics such as nutrition initiatives, food safety, intra-federal relationships, federal-state relationships, resources, and FDA’s positioning for the future. A limited number of seats are available for interested parties who wish to observe the meeting in person in Washington, DC. There will also be an audio broadcast available.
Interested parties can register here.
About the foundation: According to its website, the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the Food and Drug Administration is an independent 501(c)(3) organization created by Congress “to advance the FDA’s mission of modernizing the medical, veterinary, food and , of food ingredients and cosmetic product development, accelerate innovation and improve product safety”.
The Foundation embodies FDA’s vision of collaborative innovation to address the challenges of 21st century regulatory science and assist in the creation of new knowledge, tools, standards, and applied scientific approaches that FDA needs to more effectively evaluate products. predictable and efficient, thereby enhancing FDA’s ability to protect and promote the health of the American public. The Foundation serves as a crucial conduit between FDA and the public, providing a means for FDA to directly engage with stakeholders, including industry and consumers. The Foundation does not participate in regulatory decision-making or provide advice to the FDA on policy matters.
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