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Office of Global Regulatory Operations and Policy

FDA Globalization China, India, Europe, and Latin America

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.

A fuller explanation of FDA Globalization initiatives can be found on the International Programs - Globalization page

GO Facts at a Glance (December 15, 2015)

Total employees: 5,040

  • ORA: 4,890 employees -- includes approximately 1,650 investigators, 650 lab analysts, and 220 OCI Special Agents in locations throughout the U.S.
  • OIP: 154 employees including staff in Belgium, China, Chile, Costa Rica, India, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.


  • ORA conducted more than 15,200 domestic inspections in FY 2015. That amounts to roughly 1,260 inspections a month -- or about 40 inspections every day of the week.
  • Our labs analyzed approximately 33,600 samples in FY 2015 – or more than 90 samples analyzed every day of the week.
  • OCI, in Fiscal Year 2015, made 348 arrests, won 305 convictions, and secured $1.2 billion in fines, restitutions, asset seizures and forfeitures.
  • Overseas, our personnel conducted 3,331 inspections in FY 2015, in locations ranging from China to Mexico to India.
  • Along with the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, GO is working on an operational plan to implement FSMA, the Food Safety and Modernization Act.
  • GO has helped achieve the signing of more than 148 International Arrangements with more than 43 nations and multilateral partners regarding FDA's product quality and safety efforts.
  • GO contracts with its state partners in the performance, in FY 2015, of approximately 21,600 food, feed, drug and device inspections annually in programs that reach all fifty states.
  • GO professionals oversee more than 34 million lines of FDA-regulated products at more than 380 ports of entry and international mail facilities.


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