FDA moves towards becoming a global public health agency

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 01 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3112
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

The US’s Food and Drug Administration has announced how it is broadening its scope and collaborating with foreign agencies to ensure that imported food, drugs, medical devices, and other products that it regulates meet the same standards as those made in the United States.

Margaret Hamburg, the FDA’s commissioner, described the changes in the agency’s Global Engagement report on 23 April.

The FDA regulates products that account for 20-25% of US consumer spending. Imports of these products have grown dramatically in the past decade, and problems have occurred with some imported foods and drugs.

Imports of pharmaceutical products have risen by about 13% a year and …

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