Stronger Food and Drug Regulatory Systems Abroad – Jan. 8 and 9 Meeting

A new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study is assessing the current international food and drug regulatory landscape and progress made toward goals outlined in the 2012 report Ensuring Safe Foods and Medical Products Through Stronger Regulatory Systems AbroadRecommendations in that report called for building regulatory agencies in low- and middle-income countries; strengthening the scientific and technical underpinning for regulatory policy and action; increasing technical support for post-market surveillance; and placing regulatory systems in the global economic, development, and trade agenda.

The committee conducting the new study will hold its first meeting, during which invited speakers will discuss topics such as technical assistance and accountability, donor and private-sector engagement, and product quality and local markets.

The open sessions of the meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 100 of the National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C.  Reporters who wish to attend the meeting should register in advance with the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email Those who cannot attend in person may watch a live webcast here. The agenda is available online.