The Chemical Heritage Foundation and the Food and Drug Administration invite you to a conference on the occasion of the FDA Centennial, 1906-2006 “The Past, Present, and Future of Regulating Food, Drugs, Medical Devices, and Nutritional Supplements” Date: 16 May 2006 Location: Chemical Heritage Foundation / 315 Chestnut Street / Philadelphia

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The Food and Drug Administration regulates consumer products that make up one-quarter of the U.S. economy. From its origins in the USDA Department of Chemistry, the FDA has grown to nearly 10,000 employees and a $1.8 billion annual budget. Its role in overseeing our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, human and veterinary drugs, medical devices, and nutrition is a frequent topic of policy debate. This joint conference of the Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Contemporary History and Policy at the Chemical Heritage Foundation will examine the past 100 years of the FDA and explore current and near-term issues in risk and regulation. Speakers will address how to regulate during a period of rapid change in science and technology, the relationship of regulation to competitiveness in a globalizing economy, and the role of business and government in light of changes to how consumers obtain and use health information.