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CVM Publishes FY 2004 Annual Report

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter March/April 2005 Volume XX, No II

The Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has published its Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2004, placed the report on its website (www.fda.gov/cvm) and sent paper copies to stakeholder groups. This is the second annual report the Center has issued. Like the first, it describes the organization of the Center and presents the Center’s mission, guiding principles, and strategic plan. Also like last year, the report presents each of the Strategic Goals the management set for CVM, and reports whether the goal was reached. It explains when necessary why the goal was not achieved. For Fiscal Year 2004, the Center identified 44 strategic goals.

A large part of the report is devoted to descriptions of the most important issues. For example, the report discusses the Center’s work to implement the Animal Drug User Fee Act, which permits the Food and Drug Administration to collect user fees from the animal drug industry and requires the Center to meet certain performance goals. In addition, the report talks about implementation of the Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Health Act, which gives the Center new options for reviewing limited-demand drugs. The report also describes the Center’s work to address the risk of antimicrobial resistance, including the work to expand the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System. And it discusses the work done to control the risks of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). In addition, the report describes the Center’s work in protecting against bioterrorism, reviewing biotechnology issues, and preventing unsafe drug residues in food.

CVM has also conducted extensive research to support work in the areas of review of new animal drug applications, monitoring for antimicrobial resistance, and detection of material prohibited in cattle feed under the BSE feed rule, as the report explains. In addition, the report lists 10 significant new animal drug approvals and the 40 scientific publications Center staff has been involved with during the year, and dozens of CVM award winners. The report was published in early May. Interested parties can request a paper copy by contracting the Center for Veterinary Medicine, HFV-3, 7519 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855, attn: Jon Scheid.