FDA Issues Strategic Plan for Risk Communication

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued its Strategic Plan for Risk Communication, which outlines the agency’s efforts to disseminate more meaningful public health information.

The plan lays out a framework for the FDA to provide information about FDA-regulated products to health care professionals, patients and consumers in the form they need it and when they need it, and for how the agency oversees industry communications.

“We are committed to improving communications the public receives about the products we regulate,” said Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “The FDA must communicate frequently and clearly about risks and benefits and inform patients and consumers about ways to minimize risk as they become increasingly involved in managing their health and well-being.”

The plan defines three key areas–FDA’s science base, its operational capacity and its policy and processes – in which strategic actions can help improve the FDA’s communication about the risks and benefits of regulated products.

You can read the full plan here.

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