Unprecedented breakthroughs in emerging areas of science, rapidly evolving technologies, and the globalization of FDA-regulated industry are profoundly affecting the way the Agency conducts its mission.
To meet the demands and fulfill the promise of these 21st-century advances, FDA's Office of Scientific Professional Development has designed a range of dynamic and innovative programs and activities targeted at its scientific staff and its stakeholder community.
Within the Agency, the Office leads and supports FDA efforts like the Commissioner's Fellowship Program to recruit and foster top talent so that FDA has the scientific subject matter expertise and skills it needs to regulate the increasingly complex products in its regulatory portfolio.
To ensure that FDA scientists and technical staff remain current with the latest scientific knowledge, the Office supports efforts to invite scientific thought leaders from across the country in a range of lecture series on cutting-edge science. In addition, the Office provides innovative skills development programs and training on subjects from genomics to regenerative medicine. And to acknowledge FDA's outstanding scientific staff, who have dedicated themselves to creating the tools, methods, assays, and standards that enable innovation, the Office oversees FDA's annual Scientific Achievement Awards. The goal is to attract, develop, and retain highly skilled scientific and technical staff who can apply leading-edge expertise to modernizing or creating new regulatory pathways.
Outside the Agency, the Office supports a range of continuing education and scientific professional development activities with scientific institutions, academia, and industry. Examples include FDA-sponsored public workshops and cosponsored conferences, particularly with its academic Centers of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation to advance medical product development and food safety.