By: Victoria Barq, communications manager, Governmental Relations Division
In a move to better integrate two offices that deal with managing food safety programs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in late January announced that it has combined the Center for Veterinary Medicine and the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition into the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine (OFVM).
According to the Federal Register notice posted Jan. 29, the newly established office will be tasked with implementing the new, risk-based mandates in the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act, and with developing an integrated, systematic approach to effectively prioritizing risks in food safety and allocating resources to mitigate those risks.
The FDA tapped Michael Taylor to lead the office, serving as OFVM’s deputy commissioner. Bernadette Dunham, who led the Center for Veterinary Medicine, and Michael Landa, who led the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, will report to Taylor and will remain the lead program managers for operations and regulatory policy development within their respective areas.
A press release by the FDA outlines several other organizational changes that have been made to support OFVM, including new positions and offices and other staff changes.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services approved the organizational structure for OFVM on July 20, 2012, and the FDA implemented the changes on Oct. 1, 2012. The FDA posted the organizational change in the Federal Register on Jan. 29.