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From the FDA Office of Women's Health

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On this page: About OWH | What we do | Meet the FDA Associate Commissioner for Women’s Health

About OWH

The FDA Office of Women’s Health (OWH) was established by Congress in 1994, as part of the FDA Commissioner’s office. OWH serves as the principal advisor to the Commissioner and other FDA officials on scientific, ethical, and policy issues relating to women’s health, and provides leadership and policy direction for FDA regarding women’s health issues. Learn more in FDA Organization and OWH History.

What we do

OWH works to advance the health of women through scientific programs, policy development, research, education and outreach. OWH achieves its mission through the foundational principle that Sex as a Biological Variable (SABV) should be factored into research design, analysis, reporting and education. To this end, OWH supports FDA’s regulatory mission by engaging in scientific research and collaborating with stakeholders to engage in scientific and educational projects. 

Learn more about various areas of our work:

Meet the FDA Associate Commissioner for Women’s Health

Kaveeta P. Vasisht, MD, PharmD is the Associate Commissioner for Women’s Health and Director of OWH. Learn more about Dr. Vasisht.

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