Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Overseas Offices Have Taken Steps to Help Ensure Import Safety, But More Long-term Planning Is Needed

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DIANE Publishing, 2011 - 52 pages
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An increasing volume of food and medical products marketed in the U.S. are produced in foreign countries. This globalization has challenged the FDA, which is responsible for ensuring the safety of these products. In late 2008 and early 2009, FDA established overseas offices comprised of 42 total staff covering particular countries or regions. The offices develop info. that FDA officials can use to make better decisions about products manufactured in foreign countries, among other activities. This report examined: (1) the steps overseas offices have taken to help ensure the safety of imported products; and (2) the extent to which FDA has engaged in long-term strategic and workforce planning for the overseas offices. Charts and tables. A print on demand report.

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