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Global expansion for the FDA

The US state department has given the Food and Drugs Administration approval to expand its operations globally by allowing for the creation of offices and jobs in Asia
The US state department has given the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) approval to expand its operations globally by allowing for the creation of offices and jobs in Asia.

In a move to support the agency's ìBeyond our Bordersî initiative, The FDA now intends to place members of its staff in China over the next 18 months.

Eight full-time US diplomatic posts can now be established there if the Chinese Government grants authorisation for the plans.

In addition to the placement of US FDA staff and diplomatic officials, the organisation hopes to hire five Chinese locals.

Dr Murray Lumpkin, deputy commissioner for international and special programs for the FDA, said: "In an age when a border is not a barrier, the globalised economy demands nothing less than heightened regulatory interoperability, information exchange, and cooperation, especially on product quality and enforcement matters."

"Our efforts to fill permanent FDA positions in China [is] a significant step toward ensuring access to safe food, drugs, and medical devices in the global market," he added.

The FDA intends to locate its staff in the US embassy located in Beijing and at US consulates general's offices in Shanghai and Guangzhou.

17th March 2008

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