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
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