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FDA Basics Webinar: Recall Process for FDA-Regulated Products

July 24, 2012 19 comments

Consumers are impacted by FDA-regulated products daily. Food, medicines, and medical devices are examples of FDA-regulated products. What happens when a potentially harmful item is on the market?

Learn more on Thursday July, 26, 2012 at 3 p. m. ET,  in a FDA- hosted webinar ” Recall Process for FDA-Regulated Products.” Recall Coordinator Cecilia Wolyniak of FDA’s Office of Enforcement will discuss the recall process and how recalls are monitored and publicized.

For more information on how to join the webinar, please visit the FDA Basics section of the website.  There are a limited number of spots available. Webinar Slides can viewed before the presentation. Archived material will be available immediately after.

Connect With Us: Using FDA’s Digital Tools to Present, Participate, and Personalize Tobacco Information

June 19, 2012 12 comments

In this short 30 minute webinar, you will learn how the FDA Center for Tobacco Products uses a variety of digital tools to engage and inform you about tobacco laws and the dangers of tobacco use.  From Twitter to texting, digital technology offers countless opportunities to motivate, inspire action and present information in new and interesting ways.

The featured speaker is Michael Murray, a senior social media strategist for the FDA Center for Tobacco Products, who will highlight several innovative tools FDA provides that you can easily use to share information and encourage change.  Michael will be joined by Anait Saakyan, a marketing specialist, who will present a number of ways to connect with us via social media.

After the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

For information on how to join the webinar, please visit the FDA Basics website.  There are a limited number of spots available for the Webinar, however Webinar materials will be made available on the FDA Web site.

Materials Available from FDA Basics Webinar on Hearing Aids

June 4, 2012 36 comments

Did you miss the FDA Basics webinar on hearing aids? You can learn about what consumers need to know about hearing loss, hearing aids and the different types, and styles available and how to get the most out of your hearing aids.

Materials from the webinar are now available. We have posted a link to view and listen to the webinar and posted a link to download a copy of the presentation slides.

You can also find materials from past FDA Basics webinars.

Materials Available from FDA Basics Webinar on Steps the FDA is Taking to Address Health Disparities

June 4, 2012 20 comments

Did you miss the FDA Basics webinar about FDA’s Office of Minority Health?  You can learn about health differences that exist between populations and what FDA is doing to address these disparities to achieve the highest standard of health for all.

Materials from the webinar are now available. We have posted a link to view and listen to the webinar and posted a link to download a copy of the presentation slides.

You can also find materials from past FDA Basics webinars.

Hearing Aids: The Basic Information You Need to Know

May 21, 2012 21 comments

Did you know that May is ‘Better Hearing and Speech Month’? Do you have questions about hearing loss and hearing aids?

Learn more Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. ET, when FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) will host a 30-minute Webinar to discuss basic information on Hearing Aids.

The featured speaker Shu-Chen Peng, Ph.D., CCC-A, Audiologist in CDRH’s Office of Device Evaluation, will discuss what consumers need to know about hearing loss, hearing aids and the different types and styles available and how to get the most out of your hearing aids.

After the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

For information on how to join the webinar, please visit the FDA Basics website.  There are a limited number of spots available for the Webinar, however Webinar materials will be made available on the FDA Web site.

FDA Basics Webinar: FDA Office of Minority Health – Steps to Address Health Disparities

May 17, 2012 16 comments

Scientific advances and innovative medical technologies have provided Americans with the potential for longer, healthier lives.  However, persistent and well-documented health differences exist between populations.  FDA is dedicated to addressing these disparities and achieving the highest standard of health for all.

Please join us for a webinar by FDA’s Office of Minority Health titled, “Steps to Addressing Health Disparities,” on Monday, May 21st at 2 PM EST.  The featured speaker, Michelle Yeboah, Dr. P.H., is the Acting Director of the FDA Office Minority Health.  Dr. Yeboah will give an overview of the newly established office and answer questions following the presentation.

For more information on how to join the webinar, please visit the FDA Basics website.   There are a limited number of spots available for the webinar, however all materials will be available on the FDA website.

Canadian and U.S. Agencies Partner to Modernize Food Safety

December 12, 2011 48 comments

As Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the Food and Drug Administration, I led a delegation to Ottawa on October 21 to meet with officials from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada to discuss how to best cooperate on our efforts to modernize our respective food safety systems.  I also had the opportunity to hear from Canadian industry representatives on their ideas of how FDA could implement the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in the most efficient manner as we continue to protect public health.  This trip furthered our efforts to reach out and collaborate with our colleagues abroad who will be our partners as we put FSMA in place, especially those provisions concerning imported food.

The trip also allowed both sides to step back and reflect on the importance of the U.S.-Canadian relationship in achieving the goals that FSMA has laid out for us, in line with FDA’s mission to protect public health.  On the trade front, Canada is the United States’ largest trading partner in terms of agricultural imports.  Because so much food is exchanged across our border every day, our governments share a keen interest in ensuring that this food is safe for our consumers.  However, we also have an obligation to make sure that companies are not unnecessarily burdened.

A major highlight of the trip for me was the industry outreach session where I received comments and questions on FSMA directly from Canadian industry.  We listened as industry described several different types of preventive control programs that they believe could be useful for FDA as we implement FSMA requirements.  Industry also expressed keen interest in the Foreign Supplier Verification Program, especially with regard to its proposed scope and applicability.  We also answered questions on topics ranging from the definition of “importer” to exceptions for small business to user fees.

Our delegation also engaged on a technical level with our Canadian counterparts to investigate areas where we could cooperate on food safety modernization efforts.  Exchanging inspection and compliance information, with a view toward leveraging each other’s resources, was an activity that both sides agreed to pursue.  Also, Canada expressed interest in working with FDA’s FSMA imports implementation team on best practices for import controls, laboratory accreditation and third party certification, among other modernization areas.

The FDA looks forward to continue working with our CFIA and Health Canada counterparts in the months ahead to strategize, prioritize, and exchange ideas on how we can cooperate to accomplish our common public health goals. Our respective food safety systems are already well-developed, but we recognize the need to make continual improvements.  Our modernization efforts will not necessarily be identical, but I know that close cooperation between U.S. and Canadian regulators, such as we had during our trip, will allow us to move forward together to protect public health and continue as strong trade partners.

Michael R. Taylor
Deputy Commissioner for Foods

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