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Requesting a CDER Speaker

External organizations frequently ask CDER employees to give a speech, make a presentation or participate on planning committees for conferences, meetings, and webinars on many topics related to CDER regulations, policies, and initiatives.

Requests for speakers must be submitted at least 60 days in advance from the actual date of the event.

What to Include in Your Invitation Letter:

  • Name, date and location of the meeting

  • Name of organization(s) sponsoring the meeting

  • Topic of speaker’s presentation and desired length of presentation

  • Targeted audience, expected number of attendees, prior year number of attendees 

  • Organization contact information (name, phone/fax number, email)

  • Complete program agenda with all invited speaker(s) and topic(s) (draft acceptable)

  • Indicate anticipated media coverage

  • Is remote presentation an option 

Where to Send Requests

Email: CDERspeakerrequests@fda.hhs.gov


Attn: CDER Speaker Liaison
10001 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20993

Note: Speaker requests for trade associations and industry-based groups’ events which involve cross-agency invitations to staff from the Office of the Commissioner, other FDA Centers, or the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) should be addressed to:

FDA Office of External Relations/Office of the Commissioner
Attn: Kenneth Nolan
10903 New Hampshire, WO32 RM5314
Silver Spring, MD 20993
Email: Kenneth.Nolan@fda.hhs.gov
Fax: 301-595-7932   

What Happens After Your Request Has Been Submitted?

The appropriate office(s) within CDER will be contacted by the CDER speaker liaison to determine the appropriate speaker. If additional details are needed, the speaker liaison will work with the requesting organization to collect the necessary information.

Some of the factors which may be used by Center management in considering requests are: timeliness of the topic, availability of staff, geographical location of meeting, targeted audience, expected number of attendees, and availability of funds to cover travel costs (if necessary).

Once a determination has been made, the speaker liaison will provide the official notification of CDER participation to the requesting organization.

Manual of Policies and Procedures (MAPP): CDER Authorization and Tracking of Outside Speaker Clearance (PDF - 141KB)

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