Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the final Strategic Plan for the Foods and Veterinary Medicine Program (FVM) for 2012-2016.

The plan addresses the responsibilities of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and the Center for Veterinary Medicine while including activities supported by the Office of Regulatory Affairs.

 The plan illustrates the breadth and complexity of the program’s work and identifies priority initiatives. It outlines seven strategic program goals, each encompassing its own key objectives, as well as nearly 100 specific initiatives aimed at achieving goals and objectives.

Program Goal 7 deals with advancing animal drug safety and effectiveness. Its three objectives are:

  1. Increase access to safe and effective animal drugs and reduce risk of harm from unsafe use of marketed animal drugs.
  2. Reduce availability of substandard and illegally marketed animal drugs.
  3. Foster the judicious use of medically important antibiotics in food animals to minimize the development of antimicrobial resistance.

The draft Strategic Plan was published on September 30, 2011, with a thirty-day comment period. The FDA carefully reviewed and considered all submitted comments before issuing this final Strategic Plan.

Download a pdf of the plan here.