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FDA In Process of Translating Many Publications, Guidances

Posted 16 April 2012 | By Alexander Gaffney, RAC 

The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Associate Commissioner for International Programs, Mary Lou Valdez, said in a statement the agency is working to translate many publications into different languages in order to help its foreign regulatory counterparts.

In FDA's 11 April statement, Valdez notes the Office of International Programs (OIP) is "committed to supporting the agency's efforts to become a regulatory agency with a truly global reach."

As a result, OIP is translating many of FDA's publications, including regulatory guidances for drugs and devices, field inspection and investigation manuals and laws.

To start, translated documents will be available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish, and will be made available at

Valdez noted the agency plans to have additional translated publications for release in the coming months.

Read more:

FDA - Availability of FDA Publications Translated into various Languages

FDA - FDA Publications in Foreign Languages


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