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Upcoming Event: FDA Basics Webinar by the Center for Tobacco Products on the State Enforcement Program, Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 1 pm ET

January 5, 2011 10 comments

Did you know that the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act gives FDA the authority to contract with states and U.S. Territories to help with compliance and enforcement activities to help limit the availability of tobacco products to young people?

As part of FDA Basics, FDA is hosting a webinar where you can learn more.  The featured speaker, Ann Simoneau, Director of the Center for Tobacco Products Office of Compliance and Enforcement, will discuss the state enforcement program for tobacco.  After the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

The free 30 minute webinar will be held Tuesday, January 11 at 1:00 pm ET.

There are a limited number of spots available for the webinar.  Materials from the webinar will also be made available on the FDA Web site following the presentation.

Click here for more information about the webinar, including instructions about how to join the webainr.

Afia Asamoah, Transparency Initiative Coordinator

Monthly Visitor and Rating Statistics Now Available on FDA Basics

December 15, 2010 11 comments

FDA Basics is the agency’s web-based resource that provides basic information to the public about FDA and the work of the agency (see January 12 blog post).  Now available on FDA Basics are summary statistics about the number of visitors coming to the site each month, the number of comments submitted by the public each month,  as well as the average rating (based on a 5 point scale) for the content on FDA Basics.    The statistics will be updated monthly and are available here.

Let us know what you think of the new metrics page on FDA Basics.  And continue to check out the content on FDA Basics.  You can suggest additional questions and rank how useful you found the answers we provided.   New content is added on a regular basis (see the “What’s New” tab on the FDA Basics homepage).

Afia Asamoah, Transparency Initiative Coordinator

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Materials Available from FDA Basics Webinar on Melamine: The Cause of the Pet Food and Infant Formula Recalls

December 9, 2010 11 comments

Did you miss the FDA Basics webinar on how FDA uncovered and confirmed the presence of contaminants in the 2007 pet food recalls?

Materials from the webinar are now available on the FDA Basics website.

Check out the “What’s New” box on the FDA Basics homepage to download materials from the webinar.  We have posted a link to view and listen to the 30 minute webinar and posted a link to download a copy of the presentation slides.

You can find materials from past FDA Basics webinars here.

Afia Asamoah, Transparency Initiative Coordinator

Upcoming Event: FDA Basics Webinar on Melamine: The Cause of the Pet Food and Infant Formula Recalls, Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 2 pm ET

November 24, 2010 11 comments

Did you know that FDA regulates that can of cat food, bag of dog food, or box of dog treats or snacks in your pantry? Do you know how FDA uncovered and confirmed the presence of contaminants in the 2007 pet food recalls?

As part of FDA Basics, FDA is hosting a webinar where you can learn more.  The featured speaker, Renate Reimschuessel, Research Biologist from the Division of Animal Research, Center for Veterinary Medicine, will discuss how FDA investigated and found contaminants that were imported into the United States and used as ingredients in pet food.  After the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

The free 30 minute webinar will be held Tuesday, November 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

There are a limited number of spots available for the webinar.  Materials from the webinar will also be made available on the FDA Web site.

Click here for more information about the webinar, including instructions about how to join the webinar.

Afia Asamoah, Transparency Initiative Coordinator

Materials Available from FDA Basics Webinar on the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN)

November 4, 2010 9 comments

Did you miss the FDA Basics webinar on the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN)?  FERN is an organization of the nation’s regulatory food testing laboratories whose purpose is to detect, identify, respond to and recover from bioterrorism or public health emergencies involving our food supply.

Materials from the webinar are now available on the FDA Basics website.

Check out the “What’s New” box on the FDA Basics homepage to download materials from the webinar.  We have posted a link to view and listen to the 30 minute webinar and posted a link to download a copy of the presentation slides.

You can find materials from past FDA Basics webinars here.

Afia Asamoah, Transparency Initiative Coordinator

FDA Basics Video Available about Drug Development for “Minor Use” in Major Species and For Specific Diseases Affecting “Minor Species”

October 27, 2010 1 comment

As part of FDA Basics, FDA has posted a video with Dr. Margaret Oeller, director of  FDA’s Office of Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Drug Development in the Center for Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Oeller discusses FDA’s role in encouraging drug development for specific “minor uses” in major species and for specific diseases affecting  “minor species,” which include zoo animals, honeybees, game birds, and aquaculture.  There are only seven major species; all other species are considered “minor species.”  View the video below.

Upcoming Event: FDA Basics Webinar on the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN), Tuesday, October 26th, 1:00 p.m. ET

October 20, 2010 9 comments

Did you know that there is an organization of the nation’s regulatory food testing laboratories whose purpose is to detect, identify, respond to and recover from bioterrorism or public health emergencies involving our food supply?

As part of FDA Basics, FDA is hosting a webinar where you can learn more.  The featured speaker, Carl Sciacchitano, Director of the Division of Field Science in FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), will describe the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) and its role in protecting the nation’s food supply.  After the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

The free 30 minute webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 26, at 1:00 p.m. ET.

There are a limited number of spots available for the webinar.  Materials from the webinar will also be made available on the FDA Web site.

Click here for more information about the webinar, including instructions about how to join the webinar.

Afia Asamoah, Transparency Initiative Coordinator

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