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Tracey H. Forfa J.D., M. Div.
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Director - Center for Veterinary Medicine

Tracey H. Forfa J.D.
Tracey H. Forfa J.D., M. Div.


Tracey Forfa, J.D., M. Div. was appointed the Director for FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine on February 26, 2023. The Center regulates animal food, drugs and devices, including those intended for pets as well as the animals that produce the meat, milk and eggs that we eat.

Ms. Forfa has been with CVM since 2002 and was appointed the Deputy Center Director in 2008. She previously served as Acting Director in 2016, and again in early 2023 prior to her permanent appointment. She was also the Acting Ombudsman for CVM from 2019-2022. Prior to joining CVM, Ms. Forfa helped to support FDA’s mission in other capacities. In 1996, she joined the Office of the Chief Mediator and Ombudsman, working on product jurisdiction and external dispute resolution. She joined the agency in 1993 as a member of the regulations and policy staff at the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) working on issues such as human tissue and blood banking.

Ms. Forfa earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio and her law degree from the University of Baltimore in Maryland. She earned her Master of Divinity in May, 2023. She has also completed FDA’s Executive Education Program in Regulatory Policy through the University of Maryland.

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