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Melinda K. Plaisier, MSW, Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs

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 Melinda Plaisier

Melinda K. Plaisier is Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs (ACRA). She has responsibility for over 5,000 staff and operations in the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

ORA is FDA’s “field force” supporting FDA’s product centers through responsibilities including, inspections and investigations, including criminal investigations, compliance and enforcement, import operations, regulatory science, and field laboratory operations. ORA also works closely with global, federal, state, local, tribal and territorial partners, and administers contracts, grants and cooperative agreements to advance an integrated system and ensure an effective public health safety net.

Ms. Plaisier began her career in public policy, working in the U.S. Congress for more than a decade. She joined FDA in 1995 and has served in two other associate commissioner positions, in legislation and international programs. Prior to becoming ACRA, she served as the regional food and drug director, Central Region.  

Ms. Plaisier is a graduate of Indiana University, where she received a Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts degrees in sociology and classical civilizations. In 2004 and again in 2009, Ms. Plaisier was awarded the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award and in 2018 the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award for exceptional long-term accomplishments in the Senior Executive Service.


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