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Advancing Public-Private Partnerships

The Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA is an independent nonprofit corporation located in the District of Columbia. The Foundation was created by Congress in the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA) “to advance the mission of the Food and Drug Administration to modernize medical, veterinary, food, food ingredient, and cosmetic product development, accelerate innovation, and enhance product safety.”

The Foundation embodies FDA’s vision of collaborative innovation to address regulatory science challenges of the 21st century. Pursuant to the unique, statutory relationship between the Foundation and FDA, the central focus of the Foundation is to assist in the creation of new, applied scientific knowledge, tools, standards and approaches the FDA needs to evaluate products more effectively, predictably and efficiently, and thereby enhance the agency’s ability to protect and promote the health of the American public. To accomplish this critical task, the foundation will:

  • Spearhead complex research collaborations involving public and private partners
  • Ensure broad-based participation (including consumer perspectives)
  • Ensure that new knowledge gained from the collaboration is in the public domain
  • Help train a new generation of regulatory scientists
  • Leverage outside resources for these activities