FDA creates task force to make its work more transparent

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 29 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2618
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

    The US Food and Drug Administration has created a task force to make the actions and decisions of the agency and their underlying processes more transparent to the public. The establishment of the task force follows a memorandum from Barack Obama in January, which directed executive agencies to find new ways to make information available to the public rapidly and in a form that is accessible.

    “Our administration is committed to making government open and transparent,” said Kathleen Sebelius, US secretary of health and human services. “The transparency task force will give the American people a seat at the table and make the FDA more open and accountable.”

    One aspect of the campaign is the use of a blog by the FDA to gather views from, …

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