The FDA has awarded Quality Associates, a document management, imaging and archiving service provider, with a five-year, $20 million contract to digitize, index and consolidate approximately 20 million pages of documentation and materials at more than 20 FDA facilities across the United States.
Scott Swidersky, director of Quality Associates' Information Systems division, said that by digitizing the FDA collections, the agency will be able “to make more accurate decisions about a variety of issues that fall under its jurisdiction.”
Work on the project, which relates to investigations and inspections conducted by the FDA, will begin immediately.
The documentation currently exists in print, CDs, and in their original form, such as product packaging. When complete, authorized FDA personnel will be able to search for and access specific documentation housed in a comprehensive digital document archive.