Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Will Cosponsor FDA Centennial Conference at CHF on Tuesday, 16 May 2006

Full-day event will look at 'The Past, Present, and Future of Regulating Food,

Drugs, Medical Devices, and Nutritional Supplements'

Mar 23, 2006, 00:00 ET from Chemical Heritage Foundation

    PHILADELPHIA, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for Contemporary History
 and Policy at Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) and the Food and Drug
 Administration (FDA) will host and cosponsor a full-day conference
 commemorating the 100-year history of the United States Food and Drug
 Administration.  The event will take place on Tuesday, 16 May 2006 and will
 include speakers from the FDA, food, drug, and medical device companies, and
 academia.  Registration is open to all, but seating is limited.  Register at:
     President Theodore Roosevelt signed the 1906 Pure Food and Drugs Act on 30
 June 1906, making the FDA the oldest consumer protection agency in the nation.
 The FDA regulates consumer products that make up one-quarter of the U.S.
 economy.  From its origins the FDA has grown to nearly 10,000 employees and
 has a $1.8 billion annual budget. Its role in overseeing our nation's food
 supply, cosmetics, human and veterinary drugs, and medical devices is a
 frequent topic of contention and debate.
     Format: Presentations will begin at 9 a.m. with an opening plenary session
 and the day will end with a closing plenary at 4:30 p.m.  There will be four
 panel discussions, two in the morning and two in the afternoon. Each panel
 will feature two 25-minute presentations, one by an FDA representative and one
 by an industry representative. Speakers will address how to regulate during a
 period of rapid change in science and technology, the relationship of
 regulation to competitiveness in a globalizing economy, and the role of
 business and government in light of changes in how consumers obtain and use
 health information.
     About the Chemical Heritage Foundation and the Center for Contemporary
 History and Policy
     CHF's Center for Contemporary History and Policy carries out projects at
 the interface of science, regulation, and governance in order to provide
 knowledge and advice to stakeholders from industry, academia, government, and
 citizen groups.  CHF serves the community of the chemical and molecular
 sciences, and the wider public, by treasuring the past, educating the present,
 and inspiring the future.
     Neil Gussman, Public Affairs

SOURCE Chemical Heritage Foundation