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Office of the Chief Scientist

The Office of the Chief Scientist provides strategic leadership, coordination, and expertise, supporting scientific excellence, innovation, and capacity to achieve FDA's public health mission.

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Scientific activities of the Office of the Chief Scientist

The Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) supports the research foundation, science, and innovation that underpins FDA’s regulatory mission.  It does this through a broad framework that encompasses scientific collaborations, laboratory safety, the transfer of FDA inventions to the private sector, scientific integrity in FDA policy- and decision-making, the professional development of regulatory scientists, and its core research component—FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Researchwhich generates the vital data FDA requires for its regulatory decision-making and development of sound regulatory policy.  The OCS offices, programs, and research center leading these scientific activities are highlighted below. 


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Office of the Chief Scientist Programs and Scientific Activities

Regulatory Science and Innovation

Office of Regulatory Science and Innovation

OCS’s Office of Regulatory Science and Innovation spearheads external and internal scientific collaborations that advance the development of new tools, standards, and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality, and performance of FDA-regulated products.

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Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats

OCS’s Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats leads, coordinates, and provides oversight for FDA’s national and global health security, counterterrorism, and emerging threats activities—including the FDA-wide Medical Countermeasures Initiative (MCMi).

Technology Transfer

Technology Transfer Program

Helping FDA drive innovation, OCS’s Technology Transfer program supports FDA collaborative research with external partners and enables the transfer of FDA’s life-saving inventions to the commercial market.

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The National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR)

FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research provides FDA-wide support in developing and evaluating emerging toxicological methods and other new technologies that contribute to FDA decision-making.

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Office of Laboratory Safety

OCS’s Office of Laboratory Safety ensures that FDA laboratories and workplaces are operated in a safe and secure manner to protect employees, the surrounding communities, and the environment.

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Office of Scientific Integrity

OCS’s Office of Scientific Integrity works with FDA centers and the Office of Regulatory Affairs to preserve and promote integrity in scientific decision-making, and consistency on such issues across FDA.



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Office of the Chief Scientist
Office of the Commissioner
Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Ave WO1
Silver Spring, MD 20993
Hours Available
(301) 796-4880
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