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FDA Centennial: Public Events in 2006

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006. Events commemorating the FDA centennial were held throughout the year.

During the centennial year, the FDA held a nationwide program of commemorative events to:

  • Observe FDA's role -- past, present, and future -- in protecting and promoting the health of the public, both in the United States and world-wide;
  • Inspire future efforts to advance science, innovation, and public health through partnerships and alliances with key FDA stakeholders;
  • Attract new generations of regulatory scientists; and
  • Salute the contributions of FDA employees, alumni, legislators, academicians, industry, consumer groups, and public health leaders to fulfilling FDA's mission.

Headquarters Events (Washington, D.C. area)


April 5 Washington, D.C.

Annual meeting of the Food and Drug Administration Alumni Association, dedicated to commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906


April 5-7 Washington, D.C. Food and Drug Law Institute Annual Conference
"Celebrating the Centennial of the 1906 Pure Food & Drug Act," to examine the evolution of consumer protection and key issues facing the FDA in the 21st century
April 18-20 Washington, D.C. FDA Science Forum

June 30

College Park, Md.

Centennial celebration of the Pure Food and Drugs Act at the Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building
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September 17

Berryville, Va.

Historic Back Roads Century bicycle tour and fitness fair, cosponsored by the Potomac Peddlers Touring Club
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September 18

Silver Spring, Md.

Building and centennial plaque dedication at the Federal Research Center at the FDA White Oak campus

November 16-17

Washington, D.C.

Inaugural international summit of heads of medical products regulatory agencies
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Regional Events

January 4 Atlanta, Ga.

Hartsfield International Airport, unveiling FDA's centennial banner


January 26 Atlanta, Ga. Forum at the Morehouse School of Medicine on FDA's history of protecting and promoting the public health, healthy lifestyle behaviors, and good nutrition and fitness to combat childhood obesity
February 3 Dallas, Texas Forum at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center on FDA's history and future in protecting and promoting the public health and to acknowledge the efforts of FDA employees and stakeholders
March 22 Oakland, Calif.. Forum at the Dellums Federal Building on FDA's history and future
April 6 Jamaica/Queens,
Forum on FDA's past and future public health mission
May 16 Philadelphia, Pa. One-day joint conference with the Chemical Heritage Foundation on lessons from the science and regulations of the past, present, and future
May 31 Chicago, Ill. Forum on FDA's past and future, sponsored by the FDA's Chicago Regional Office and the American Medical Association
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June 1 Ann Arbor, Mich. Daylong program at the National Sanitation Foundation celebrating the centennial, including laboratory tour.