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Conclusion

FDA is committed to addressing its challenges and those of the future by implementing a strategy to enhance global product safety and quality, and in doing so more effectively fulfill its mission. 

The essence of this strategy marries creative international coalitions with cutting-edge investigative tools to continue to provide the consistently high level of safety and quality assurance the public expects—and deserves.  FDA will continue to partner with other federal agencies, the states, and nations around the world.  It will also look to Congress to modernize its antiquated authorities so that FDA’s legal tools keep pace with globalization.

To meet these ambitious goals and achieve a true and lasting paradigm shift, FDA will engage all stakeholders in a process that will unfold over several years.  Success will require boldness, creativity, and patience.  It will not be easy, but it is imperative.  Global supply chains, international trade, foreign sourcing, and terrorism remind us daily that the rest of the world will not stop and wait for regulators to catch up.  It is incumbent upon FDA to engage its international counterparts, industry, and stakeholders worldwide to blaze the Pathway to Global Product Safety and Quality.

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