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Conference calls for global approach to risk management in medicines, food, environment

Virginia Tech

Leaders from industry and national and international regulatory bodies will share perspectives on the shifting landscape of risk management for pharmaceuticals, medical devices, healthcare networks, food production, environmental control, and transportation at "The Congress on Global Approaches to Risk Management: Current and Future Developments," May 18-19 at the Hilton Washington DC in Silver Spring, Md.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), AdvaMed, and the Virginia Tech Center for Applied Health Sciences are conference sponsors.

Speakers include FDA Deputy Commissioner Janet Woodcock, USDA Deputy Undersecretary Merle Pierson, and Alf Dolan, convener of ISO 14971. The conference will also feature presentations by Daniel Schultz, director of the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and Robert Brackett, director of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, as well as scientists and policy makers from the World Health Organization, the European Union, the U.S. Public Health Service, and the Department of Homeland Security. Juxtaposed with these will be a number of distinguished speakers from industry and academia, creating a thoroughly balanced forum for productive discussion.

Topics will include legal risks, use of risk tools, human factors, enterprise risk management, total life cycle, environmental risk management, research & development, and risk communication. Meeting size will be limited for this exclusive event, promoting individual contact and informal discussion.


Additional program and registration information is available online at or by contacting Krystine McGrath at or 202/434-7237.

The Center for Applied Health Sciences at Virginia Tech is focused on safeguarding human health by promoting constructive approaches to risk management issues in the medical device, pharmaceutical, healthcare, and food industries. The center offers workshops, graduate and professional education, and on-site training that gives working professionals a variety of ways to stay abreast of the complex field of risk management.

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