Dr. Judy McMeekin is the Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs (ACRA) in the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA). She oversees approximately 5,000 ORA staff stationed in the United States and around the world.
As the FDA’s lead office for regulatory field activities, ORA is at the forefront of protecting public health for today’s complex, global regulatory environment. ORA partners with FDA product centers through inspections, criminal investigations, compliance, enforcement, import operations, and field laboratory operations, among other areas. ORA is boots on the ground, working closely with global, federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners and administering contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements to advance an integrated product safety system and provide access to quality food and medical products.
Prior to becoming ACRA, Dr. McMeekin served as Deputy Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs, acting director of the ORA Office of Strategic Planning and Operational Policy, and director of the ORA Division of Operational Policy. She began her FDA career in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research in the Office of Compliance, eventually serving as director of the Division of Prescription Drugs. Before joining the FDA, Dr. McMeekin worked for the United States Pharmacopeia and served as a clinical pharmacist in several health systems.
Dr. McMeekin received a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy and earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Northeastern University in Boston.