The Food and Drug Administration announced it is taking major steps to establish a presence in China.
Under permission from the U.S. State Department, the agency is setting up eight full-time permanent positions at diplomatic posts in China, pending authorization from the Chinese government. The FDA also plans to hire five Chinese nationals to work with its overseas staff at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and the U.S. Consulates General in Shanghai and Guangzhou, according to a news release from the agency.
The measures support the agencys Beyond our Borders initiative, which aims to improve cooperative relationships with FDA counterpart agencies around the world. The agency believes the new offices in China will improve access for inspections and enhance interaction with manufacturers to ensure that imported products meet U.S. standards for safety and quality.
Along with the important Memoranda of Agreement signed with two FDA counterpart Chinese agencies, our efforts to fill permanent FDA positions in China are a significant step toward ensuring access to safe food, drugs and medical devices in the global market, said Murray Lumpkin, deputy FDA commissioner for International and Special Programs, in the release. -- by Jennifer Lubell