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President Biden to Make Nomination for FDA Commissioner and USDA Food Safety Head

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President Biden plans to nominate former FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, M.D. to lead the agency once again—in an announcement mainly focused on clinical trials, vaccine approvals, and ending the coronavirus pandemic. Califf briefly served as FDA commissioner in 2016. His tenure was less than a year.

Perhaps more significant news for the food industry is the President’s intent to nominate Jose Emilio Esteban, Ph.D. to the post of undersecretary for food safety at the USDA. Esteban is currently the chief scientist for FSIS and has been in this role since 2018; he has served in the USDA’s FSIS since 2006. Before his time at the agency, he worked for the CDC.

The Senate must confirm both positions.

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Senate Confirms Califf to Head FDA

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In an 89-4 vote by the U.S. Senate, Robert Califf, M.D., was confirmed as the next commissioner of FDA last week. The accomplished cardiologist and researcher will take on the task of implementing FSMA, along with responsibilities in overseeing medical device and pharmaceutical regulations, and tobacco products.

“I commend the Senate for their bipartisan vote today and am pleased that President Obama’s nominee, Dr. Robert Califf, will become the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said Sylvia M. Burwell, HHS secretary, in a statement. “I look forward to working with Dr. Califf to ensure the FDA can carry out every aspect of its critical mission; from ensuring the safety and effectiveness of the medical products we use, to protecting the nation’s food supply and implementing its oversight of tobacco products, to furthering our efforts to combat opioid abuse.”

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Robert Califf Nominated as Next FDA Commissioner By President Obama

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Cardiologist and former medical researcher Robert Califf, M.D. has been nominated as the next commissioner of FDA by President Obama. Coming from Duke University, Califf joined FDA earlier this year as the deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco. He would replace Stephen Ostroff, M.D., FDA’s acting commissioner since Margaret Hamburg’s departure in March. The Senate must confirm the nomination, but opposition is not anticipated.

Califf clearly has a solid background in the medical field. His nomination comes at a time when FDA is undertaking significant issues right now, as it continues to manage the Affordable Care Act, the recently passed 21st Century Cures Act, concerns in tobacco regulation, and prepares for the implementation of FSMA.