As required by Congress under the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its International Food Safety Capacity-Building Plan on February 28, 2013. The plan outlines how the FDA intends to expand the technical, scientific, and regulatory capacity of foreign governments over the next five years.

The plan describes four key goals:

  1. ensuring efficiency across the Foods and Veterinary Medicine Program,
  2. increasing effectiveness through evidence based decision making,
  3. supporting the exchange of information between FDA and foreign government agencies or other entities, and
  4. enhancing technical assistance and capacity building in food safety.

As part of its international capacity building efforts, the FDA has also established foreign offices in seven regions, which we discussed last year.