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Final CFSAN review at Science Board

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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FDA's Science Board on Aug. 16 will discuss a subcommittee's final report on the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition's research, a June 29 Federal Register 1notice says. The subcommittee's interim report, presented in February, said CFSAN's laboratory infrastructure has minimal administrative support and little flexibility (2"The Tan Sheet" March 1, 2010, In Brief). The subcommittee began the review in August 2009 and will review intramural research in each FDA center. The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research is next, and the board will discuss an interim report from the CDER subcommittee at the meeting in Bethesda, Md

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