Partnership Overview: UMD and FDA

The University of Maryland and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have developed a strong partnership around food safety, as well as regulatory science innovation aimed at developing new methodologies for achieving efficient safety standards and approval processes for medical devices, biologics, and pharmaceuticals. Together, the FDA and UMD established the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) to advance sound strategies to improve public health, food safety, and applied nutrition using risk analysis principles through cooperative research, education, and outreach programs. The FDA also supported the creation of the Center for Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI), a collaborative partnership between the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore focused on modernizing and improving the ways drugs and medical devices are reviewed and evaluated. Capitalizing on College Park's close proximity to the FDA campus, UMD researchers and FDA scientists engage in reciprocal workshops and seminars.


Joint Insitute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN)

International Food Safety Training Laboratory (IFSTL)

Center for Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI)


Whole Genome Sequencing: A New Approach for Detecting and Tracking Foodborne Pathogens

Regulatory Science Competition Winners Present Concepts to FDA

Schultheis to Lead New UMD Regulatory Science Initiative

Joint Institute for Food Safety Receives $11 Million in FDA Funding

M-CERSI Day Highlights Regulatory Science

FDA Leaders, Industry Call for Major Strides in Regulatory Science at UM CERSI Day

FDA-Supported Center to Hold CERSI Day, September 5

New Awards Support Research on Neonatal Ventilator Safety, Viral Diagnostics

FDA Awards University of Maryland a New Center for Regulatory Science


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