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Priority Area 9: Strengthening the Global Product Safety Net

Priority Area 9: Strengthening the Global Product Safety Net

As FDA addresses the challenges of global supply chains, international trade, and foreign sourcing of foods, feeds, and medical products  it is relying on the support and commitment of a global community to ensure the safety of the food we eat and the medications we use. 

About 50% of the fresh fruits and 20% of fresh vegetables, as well as 80% of seafood consumed in America comes from abroad. More than 80% of the active pharmaceutical ingredients used to make medicines are imported. To ensure that the vast array of products Americans depend on are safe, FDA focus can no longer be solely domestic – it must be global. 

FDA has already undertaken efforts to support and collaborate with regulatory systems across the globe.  Examples include our foreign training programs on good clinical practice inspections and low and our involvement with the World Bank’s Global Food Safety Fund, a partnership of public and private organizations intended to boost food safety capacity around the world. 

Ensuring the safety of imported food and medicines takes all countries working together, including governments, industry, academia, and other stakeholders.

The following BAA-funded projects support efforts to build regulatory capacity through training, tools to strengthen surveillance systems in developing countries, and harnessing informatics to ensure the safety of FDA-regulated products.

  1. Mining Social Media for Public-Health Risks and Emerging Trends
  2. Creating a Global Regulatory Curriculum in Low and Middle Income Countries -- Phases 1 and 2
  3. A Systematic Approach to Addressing Intentional Adulteration of FDA-regulated Food and Drug Products and Ingredients from the Global Supply Chain
  4. Collaboration with FDA on a USP Spectral Library
  5. Quality Engagement Forum
  6. Informatics Master Data Domain Analysis for the Center of Drug Evaluation and Research
  7. Community-based development of HTS standards for validating data and computation and encouraging interoperability