The Network of Experts is a vetted network of partner organizations and their member scientists, clinicians and engineers who can provide CDRH and CDER staff with rapid access to expertise when it is needed to supplement existing knowledge and expertise within the Centers.
Despite the tremendous internal cadre of scientific expertise within CDRH and CDER, it is unrealistic to expect staff to encompass all of the applicable expertise and experience necessary to fulfill our mission, given the rapidly growing variety and complexity of medical devices and pharmaceuticals. This is particularly true when it comes to new and emerging fields of science and pioneering technologies. In these areas, it is often necessary for staff to gain further scientific understanding from sources outside of the federal government. The Network of Experts facilitates this exchange. The program is designed to broaden staff exposure to clinical and scientific viewpoints, but not to provide external policy advice or opinions.