February 3, 1955
|The first Citizens Advisory Committee meets in Washington, D.C. to assess the effectiveness of the administration of the food, drug, and cosmetic laws. Its findings prompt growth in FDA resources over the next several years, especially its laboratory infrastructure.|
FDA in 2006
With the passage of the Federal Advisory Committee Act in 1972, public advisory committees took on important roles throughout the federal government. Today, the highly qualified experts on the FDA's technical and scientific advisory committees help the agency make approval decisions for products ranging from prescription drugs to complex medical devices and give policy advice on topics as diverse as food safety, toxicological research, and veterinary medicine. Membership is carefully balanced to include the perspectives of consumers, patients, health practitioners, and industry, and each member is screened to assure decisions are not influenced by financial conflicts of interest.