The Reagan-Udall Foundation has announced five members of an independent panel of experts to evaluate the operations of the Food and Drug Administration’s human food program. Dr. Jane Henney, a former FDA commissioner, was named chairman of the committee last month.
Joining Henny are Francisco Díez Gonzalez, James Jones, Barbara Kowalczyk, Siriki Kumanica and John Taylor.
“This team has the right combination of FDA and other government agency experience with deep subject matter expertise and first-hand knowledge of systems and operations,” said Jane E. Henney, MD. . She said, “I appreciate their commitment to making actionable recommendations that will help improve the FDA’s human food program.”
The assessor will focus on structure, leadership, authority, resources, and culture to help FDA fulfill its regulatory responsibilities, strengthen relationships with state and local governments, and secure the nation’s future food supply. We hope to provide recommendations.
The review formally began on September 8 and culminated on December 6, 60 business days later, and will be reported to the FDA’s Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, Dr. Robert Calif.
The independent panel of experts responsible for preparing the report are researchers, former regulators, and process improvement experts with expertise and experience in epidemiology, food science and safety, microbiology, nutrition, and regulatory affairs. It consists of
- Dr. Francisco Diez Gonzalez He is a food safety microbiologist, director of the Center for Food Safety, and professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Georgia School of Agro-Environmental Sciences. He conducts research aimed at controlling foodborne pathogens and he is a member of the USDA’s National Advisory Board on Microbiological Standards for Foods.
- james jones After a 30-year career with the US Environmental Protection Agency, he is the president of JJones Environmental. His five-year post as Assistant Administrator at the EPA includes leading agency efforts to significantly reduce pesticides in food, navigating years of pesticide registrations and acceptable backlogs. , which led the Obama administration’s efforts to reform toxicity. Substance Control Act.
- Dr. Barbara Kowalczyk He directs the Center for Food Poisoning Research and Prevention at The Ohio State University School of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and is an Associate Professor of Food Safety and Public Health at the School of Food Science and Technology. She is a reputed epidemiologist and biostatistician, and currently serves as chair of the FDA’s Scientific Committee for nearly a decade.
- Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MS, MPH, He is a research professor in the Department of Community Health and Prevention at the Dornlife School of Public Health at Drexel University. She has applied her interdisciplinary background and her extensive research experience to a variety of roles and currently serves as Chair of the National Academy of Food and Nutrition Board. She is also Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
- John Taylor, JD, President and Principal, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs at Greenleaf Health. During his more than 20 years with the FDA, he held positions such as Commissioner’s Counselor, Deputy Chief Deputy Commissioner, Deputy Deputy Commissioner for Global Regulatory Affairs and Policy, and Associate for Regulatory Affairs.
About FDA’s Reagan-Udall Foundation: The Reagan Udall Foundation for the FDA (FDA Foundation) is an independent 501(c)(3) foundation created by Congress to advance regulatory science to help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration accomplish its mission. ) is. Through stakeholder engagement and public-private partnerships, the FDA Foundation identifies state-of-the-art tools and policies to foster innovation, facilitate the use of real-world evidence, and keep pace with today’s rapidly evolving science. , working to improve health and safety.
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