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Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority

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AGENCY:

Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has conducted a reorganization to modify its structure, to align similar functions under common executive leadership, and to reduce and change the reporting relationships to the Agency head. The reorganization creates four “directorates” within which most of FDA's activities will reside—Administrative operations, food and veterinary medicine, medical products and tobacco, and foreign and domestic regulatory operations. However, this restructuring will not change the basic form of FDA's programs, which will continue to reside in the Agency's seven operating Centers and the Office of Regulatory Affairs. It is intended to provide a more efficient span of control for executive leadership and to organize like activities together, not to change the essential programmatic activities under which FDA implements the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kimberly A. Holden, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 1, Rm. 4239, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-4750.

I. Summary

Part D, Chapter D-B (Food and Drug Administration), Statement of Organization, Functions and Delegations of Authority for the Department of Health and Human Services (35 FR 3685, February 25, 1970, and 60 FR 56605, November 9, 1995, 64 FR 36361, July 6, 1999, 72 FR 50112, August 30, 2007, 74 FR 41713, August 18, 2009) is amended to reflect the restructuring of the Office of the Commissioner and other components, FDA that was approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services on July 8, 2011 as follows. This reorganization is explained in Staff Manual Guide 1111.1, 1118.1, 1140.1, 1114.1, 1117.1, 1160.1, 1180.1, and 1115.1.

Under Part D, FDA, the Office of the Commissioner has been restructured as follows:

DA. ORGANIZATION—FDA is headed by the Commissioner of Food and Drugs (the Commissioner) and includes the following organizational units that report to the Commissioner:

Office of the Commissioner

Office of the Counselor to the Commissioner

Office of Legislation

Office of Policy and Planning

Office of External Affairs

Office of the Chief Scientist

Office of Operations

Office of Foods

Office of Medical Products and Tobacco

Office of Global Regulatory Operations and Policy

Office of Women's Health

Office of Minority Health

The following organizations remain substantively unchanged: Center for Veterinary Medicine, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Center for Tobacco Products, National Center for Toxicological Research, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Office of International Programs, and Office of Special Medical Programs.

However, some organizations will have different reporting relationships under the new organizational structure, as follows:

Office of the Commissioner

Headed by the Commissioner, the Office of the Commissioner will be comprised of the Office of the Counselor to the Commissioner, the Office of Legislation, the Office of Policy and Planning, the Office of External Affairs, the Office of the Chief Scientist, the Office of Women's Health, and the Office of Minority Health. Those offices will remain unchanged, with the exception of the realignment of functions of the Office of Budget from the Office of Policy, Planning and Budget (OPPB) to the Office of Operations, and the renaming of OPPB to the Office of Policy and Planning. The administrative functions that were formerly within the Office of the Commissioner will be relocated to the new Office of Operations. Although the National Center for Toxicological Research will remain unchanged as an operating Center, the Chief Scientist will assume direct line authority over the Center.

Office of Operations

Directed by a Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Office of Operations will assume the functions previously overseen by the Deputy Commissioner for Administration. The COO will, on behalf of the Commissioner, have Agency-wide authority for strengthening the management of business programs and operations of the Agency. The COO oversees day-to-day management issues, effective implementation of Congressional and Commissioner priorities and initiatives, and the delivery of quality services by the Agency and its Centers. Under this new structure, the COO will have direct line authority over the Office of Information Management, the Office of Management, the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, and a new Office of Finance, Budget and Acquisition (which will receive the Office of Budget from the former Office of Policy, Planning and Budget). The Offices overseen by the COO were previously located within the Office of the Commissioner.

Office of Foods

This office, headed by a Deputy Commissioner for Foods is unchanged. The Center for Veterinary Medicine and Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition remain within this Office and are unchanged. This Deputy Commissioner will continue the goal established in the 2009 creation of this Office to integrate all of FDA's food-related functions into one seamless enterprise, as well as provide executive direction to the two Centers under the Deputy Commissioner's direction.

Office of Medical Products and Tobacco

This new Office will be comprised of four Centers that previously reported directly to the Commissioner—the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, and the Center for Tobacco Products. Directed by the Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco, it will also oversee the Office of Special Medical Programs, which contains four Offices that were previously in the Office of the Commissioner (the Office of Orphan Product Development, the Office of Pediatric Therapeutics, the Office of Combination Products, and the Office of Good Clinical Practice). The newly created position of Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco will have direct line authority over the four medical product Centers and the special medical programs and, as such, will provide advice and counsel to the Commissioner on all FDA medical product and tobacco-related programs and issues. The Centers and special medical programs remain unchanged in this reorganization.

Office of Global Regulatory Operations and Policy

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II. Delegations of Authority

Pending further delegation, directives, or orders by the Commissioner, all delegations and redelegations of authority made to officials and employees of affected organizational components will continue in them or their successors pending further redelegations, provided they are consistent with this reorganization.

III. Electronic Access

Persons interested in seeing the complete Staff Manual Guide can find it on FDA's Web site at: http://www.fda.gov/​AboutFDA/​ReportsManualsForms/​StaffManualGuides/​default.htm

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Dated: July 25, 2011.

David Dorsey,

Acting Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning and Budget.

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[FR Doc. 2011-19111 Filed 7-27-11; 8:45 am]

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