The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has opened HHS/FDA offices in New Delhi and Mumbai, India.
HHS will post 10 experienced officials in India to work closely with industries that ship food and medical products to the United States, to improve safety and quality, which will facilitate the smooth flow of trade. Along with the Office Director, HHS/FDA will have four inspectors and five senior technical experts who will cover food, medical devices and medicines.
These personnel will provide technical advice, conduct inspections of facilities that export to the United States, and work with Indian government agencies and the private sector to develop certification programs to allow the efficient flow of safe HHS/FDA-regulated goods between the United States and India, according to HHS.
These offices are part of HHS/FDA’s Beyond Our Borders Initiative, which will place 35 HHS/FDA personnel in 14 locations around the world, mostly connected to U.S. Embassies, Consulates and Missions.
With the opening of these offices, HHS/FDA said it now has an in-country presence in China, Central America, India and Europe, and plans to post FDA personnel to México, South America, Europe and the Middle East in 2009.