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Office of Global Regulatory Operations and Policy

FDA Globalization China, India, Europe, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa

The Office of Global Regulatory Operations and Policy (also known as GO) comprises the Office of Regulatory Affairs and the Office of International Programs. The Deputy Commissioner for GO provides executive oversight, strategic leadership, and policy direction to FDA’s domestic and international product quality and safety efforts, including global collaboration, global data-sharing, development and harmonization of standards, field operations, compliance, and enforcement activities.

To receive periodic updates on GO activities, please send an email to Jeff.Nelligan@fda.hhs.gov with GO Listserv in the subject box.

GO Facts at a Glance (November 13, 2014)

Total employees: 4,450

  • ORA: 4,300 -- includes 1,810 investigators, 850 lab analysts, 222 OCI Special Agents in locations throughout the U.S.
  • OIP: 154 employees including staff in Belgium, China, Chile, Costa Rica, India, Mexico, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.


  • ORA conducted more than 16,700 domestic inspections in FY 2013. That amounts to roughly 1,391 inspections a month -- or more than 46 inspections every day of the week.
  • Our labs analyzed 6,800 samples in the first three months of this year – or more than 74 samples analyzed every day of the week.
  • OCI, in Fiscal Year 2014, opened 398 cases, made 332 arrests, won 306 convictions, and secured $2,112,426,998 in fines and restitutions.
  • Overseas, our personnel conducted 2,840 inspections in FY 2013, in locations ranging from China to South Africa to Morocco to India.
  • Along with the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, GO has announced an operational plan to implement FSMA, the Food Safety and Modernization Act.
  • GO has helped achieve the signing of 79 Memorandums of Understanding and Cooperative Agreements with 27 nations regarding FDA's product quality and safety efforts. 
  • GO contracts with its state partners in the performance of approximately 20,000 food, feed, drug and device inspections annually in programs that reach all fifty states.


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