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SBRBPAS Expert (Branch Chief)

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
College Park, Maryland
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Closing date
Jul 15, 2022

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Field of specialization
Work Function
Health / Safety
Job Type
Full time

Job Details

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Dietary Supplement Programs (ODSP), Division of Research and Evaluation (DRE), Identity and Status Branch (ISB). ODSP has the primary responsibility to implement the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act as amended by Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, which ensures the safety and truthful labeling of dietary supplements. ODSP also provides technical and policy input to support FDA legislative, compliance, enforcement, and public affairs initiatives relating to dietary supplement oversight. The ISB provides chemistry, microbiology, biology, and analytical chemistry expertise on dietary ingredients and supplements to the Center and develops guidelines and establishes expectations for the identity of dietary ingredients.

• Serves as a national and international expert authority within CFSAN and across FDA, by providing authoritative and specialized biological, microbiological, or chemical expertise and analytical expertise in consulting on an array of regulatory issues and matters related to dietary supplements.
• Directs the regulatory activities of the Branch, providing oversight for technical review for New Dietary Ingredient Notifications (NDINs), Ingredient Determination Memos (IDMs), and related evaluations pertinent to dietary supplements.
• Manages and provides expert guidance on NDINs conducted by ISB staff including review of scientific information submitted by regulated industry as well as publicly available information or information generated by government facilities pertaining to the identity of dietary ingredients, how the substance is manufactured, and analytical chemistry information that allows determination of what substances are present in a dietary supplement.
• Provides direction to highly trained and skilled multidisciplinary regulatory scientists.
• Serves as spokesperson for the Center during conferences and at seminars, workshops and advisory committees on matters related to regulatory approaches to support the lawful use of ingredients in dietary supplements, including expert knowledge regarding the sourcing, manufacturing, and identity



The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, known as CFSAN, is one of six product-oriented centers, in addition to a nationwide field force, that carry out the mission of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA is a scientific regulatory agency responsible for the safety of the nation's domestically produced and imported foods, cosmetics, drugs, biologics, medical devices, and radiological products. The Center has over 800 employees, who range from secretaries and other support staff to highly specialized professionals--such as chemists, microbiologists, toxicologists, food technologists, pathologists, molecular biologists, pharmacologists, nutritionists, epidemiologists, mathematicians, sanitarians, physicians and veterinarians. The Center provides services to consumers, domestic and foreign industry and other outside groups regarding field programs; agency administrative tasks; scientific analysis and support; and policy, planning and handling of critical issues related to food and cosmetics. Most Center staff members work in the Center's headquarters in College Park, Maryland. The Center also operates research facilities in Laurel, Maryland, Bedford, IL, and in Dauphin Island, Alabama. CFSAN, in conjunction with the Agency's field staff, is responsible for promoting and protecting the public's health by ensuring that the nation's food supply is safe, sanitary, wholesome, and honestly labeled, and that cosmetic products are safe and properly labeled.

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