The FDA’s Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine (OFVM), which encompasses both the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), has completed a review of its overall chemical safety assessment program, focusing on the scientific capacity and management of the program’s multiple elements across the two centers.
The review included:
- Anonymous and confidential interviews of employees involved in all elements of OFVM’s chemical safety assessment program;
- Anonymous and confidential interviews with former staff as well as senior managers from other Federal agencies experienced in chemical safety assessment;
- Listening sessions with internal and external stakeholders on OFVM’s overall chemical safety assessment program; and
- Independent review by four outside consultants, who met with OFVM and senior center managers to discuss the materials, providing in four separate consultant reports their own written recommendations for OFVM’s chemical safety program.
CVM’s chemical safety experts have identified several areas in which joint work with experts at CFSAN will help ensure the rigor and effectiveness of the OFVM chemical safety programmatic responsibilities and strengthen OFVM’s national and international leadership roles in this critical area.