About FDA

Consumer Safety Officer

Consumer Safety OfficerDescription of Duties 
  • Investigate complaints of injury, illness, or death caused by an FDA-regulated product
  • Initiate actions against violators
  • Advise industry, state and local officials and consumers on enforcement policies, methods, and interpretation of regulations
  • Plan and direct regulatory programs
  • Develop inspection procedures and techniques
  • Coordinate the review process of New Drug Applications  (NDAs)


Basic qualifications required for all grades in this position include:

  • A full course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree, including 30 semester hours in one or a combination  of biological sciences, chemistry, pharmacy, physical sciences, food technology, nutrition, medical science, engineering, epidemiology, veterinary  medical science, or related scientific fields that provide knowledge directly related to consumer safety officer work
  • Or 30 semester hours of course work as described  above plus appropriate experience or additional education. The required 30 semester hours can include up to 8 semester hours in statistics or course work that includes the principles, theory, or practical application of computers or computer programming. To qualify for higher-graded  positions, candidates must have additional amounts of either specialized experience or directly related education.

Grade (Salary) Level

Federal General Schedule (GS) grade levels at which medical officer positions are commonly filled are:

  • GS-5 through 13 at the headquarters level
  • GS-5 through 11 at the field level

Note: Higher-grade levels in both headquarters and field offices are available based on peer review of individual accomplishments or supervisory responsibilities.

Higher graded positions are directly related to additional education and/or specialized experience.

Geographical Locations

Consumer Safety Officers are located at HQ (suburban Washington, D.C.) and in facilities throughout the U.S.

Page Last Updated: 09/17/2014
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