FDA 2015 Budget Increase Proposal Leans On Food Safety User Fees
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
Food safety programs would get the largest increase in the White House’s proposed fiscal 2015 FDA budget, and increases in user fee programs are proposed as key drivers for the boost. The agency’s overall budget would grow $335 million to $4.7 billion in the proposal.
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A 2014 omnibus appropriations bill agreed to by Senate and House appropriators would give FDA $2.55 billion in discretionary funding, a $91 million increase. In news applauded by the device industry, the bill would also make available $85 million in previously sequestered FDA user fees.
FDA’s $4.7 billion fiscal 2014 budget request proposes new fees including $58.9 million from food establishment registrations and inspections, $19.1 million from cosmetics firms and $15.04 million from medical product reinspections.
US FDA proposed increasing staffing and resources for both programs during the next user fee program cycle, but industry representatives did not believe it necessary.