The Arkansas Human & Animal Food Laboratory (ARLHAF) serves the ORS, the ORA and its field organization based on ORA’s scientific program needs and capabilities. The laboratory conducts laboratory testing and analysis of samples to assess their compliance with applicable laws and regulations enforced by the FDA and to determine the extent to which findings provide evidence of violative conditions and practices.
• The Laboratory Director manages all phases of the multi-disciplinary Human and Animal Food laboratory programs and analyses aimed at effective accomplishment of the Agency’s consumer protection mission. The Laboratory Director is responsible for planning, organizing, staffing, directing, controlling, and budgeting of resources and operations to attain maximum accomplishment of the ORS, ORA, and FDA Human and Animal Food programmatic objectives.
• Participates fully in formal and informal policy and planning activities to formulate the overall program operating goals, objectives, and milestones for the ARLHAF in support of Southwest region and the FDA. Reviews short and long-range operations, workplans and programs, as well as makes substantive recommendations on changes that will improve laboratory services and the quality of customer services.
Develops, approves, and modifies operating procedures and practices within the ARLHAF, ensuring the most effective application, while recommending required revisions of multi-regional and nationwide operating procedures and policies aimed at enhancing the quality of customer service so that work products are fit for the intended use of the customers and stakeholders.
• Ensures that program evaluation review techniques, quality assurance and quality management systems, strategies, measures, and economical operating practices are in place to promote the effective execution of work plans, conformance to policy and safe working practices.
• Programmatic responsibilities include analysis of regulatory samples, development of analytical methods, providing scientists for consumer protection mission, including determining compliance of regulated products and enterprises with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, related regulations, and legislation, and advancing FDA science.