The US government outlined a proposal under which the FDA would be renamed from the Food and Drug Administration to the Federal Drug Administration, with the agency losing responsibility for regulating food safety. If the reorganization goes ahead, the FDA would focus on drugs, devices, biologics, tobacco, dietary supplements and cosmetics.
Under the proposal, which is designed to address “the current fragmented” oversight of food safety, responsibilities currently shared out between the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service and the FDA would be brought under a single agency within the USDA. The plans, which form part of a wide-ranging initiative, also includes renaming the Department of Health and Human Services as the Department of Health and Public Welfare, with the agency taking over some food assistance programmes currently run by the USDA.
The overhaul of the FDA mirrors similar changes introduced in China earlier this year, which saw the China Food and Drug Administration incorporated into a newly created state market regulatory administration. The Chinese government noted that due to the specificity of drug supervision, it formed the China National Drug Administration, which is affiliated to the state market regulatory administration.