AFDO revamps regulatory review process

By Jenni Spinner

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Regulation, Administrative law

The Association of Food and Drug Officials has changed its review process.
The Association of Food and Drug Officials has changed its review process.
The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) has introduced its Regulatory Issue Review Form, streamlining the review process and ensuring consistency in handling issues.

The PA-based association’s Laws & Regulations Committee has engineered the form for associate members. The Regulatory Issue Review Form, which can be submitted electronically or faxed, helps ensure that the group is consistent in handling members’ request for review of regulatory issues.

Taking issue

According to the group, the form can be used for jurisdictional issues or for interpretation of regulations. Submitters identify the issue at hand and submit the completed form to AFDO.

After submission, the form is referred to the AFDO Laws & Regulations Committee for deliberation. It also can be forwarded to an appropriate governing body for consideration.

Timely response

The new form provides an opportunity for AFDO associate members to have issues discussed and resolved in a timely and uniform manner. AFDO will post the form on the organization's website; the Food Marketing Institute also will post the document on its website and promote the form to its members.

Established in 1896, AFDO promotes adoption and enforcement of science-based regulation of food, drugs and other products. A primary goal of the group is to develop and enact uniform laws to foster efficient regulation and less confusion in the marketplace.

AFDO backs its positions by engaging regulatory officials, industry representatives, trade associations, and consumer organizations. The group impacts regulations at the federal, state and local level.

Related topics: Food Safety & Quality

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