Melinda Plaisier is FDA's new Top Cop
in Regulatory and Compliance
by Chris Wiltz on October 8, 2013
FDA has appointed former Central Region food and drug director Melinda Plaisier as its new associate commissioner for regulatory affairs (ACRA)
By: Jim Dickinson
FDA in September appointed former Central Region food and drug director Melinda Plaisier as its new associate commissioner for regulatory affairs (ACRA), or “top cop” in charge of its 4000-plus field personnel. Plaisier had been serving in an acting capacity since October 2012 following previous ACRA Dara Corrigan’s move to Brussels, Belgium to become director of FDA’s Europe Office and senior advisor for global operations within the agency’s Office of Global Regulatory Operations and Policy.
|In her new role, Melinda Plaiser will be helping FDA expand its authority in the global regulatry enviroment.
Prior to her Central Region appointment, Plaisier spent over 13 years in the Office of the Commissioner, where she served as the associate commissioner for legislation. She has also served as the associate commissioner for international programs, where she focused on negotiating international agreements and working with developing nations.
“Going forward, Melinda will play a critical role in helping FDA adapt to the continuing program-based specialization within FDA’s regulated industries and in implementing FDA’s expanded authority in recent groundbreaking legislation
in many important areas,” commissioner Margaret Hamburg said in an email to employees. “I am confident that Melinda will help position FDA as a public health regulatory agency fully prepared to deal with the many challenges of an increasingly complex global regulatory environment.”
Plaisier joined FDA in 1995, after serving as a Congressional staffer for more than a decade, and then spent more than 13 years in the Office of the Commissioner where, among other roles, she served as the associate commissioner for legislation, providing executive leadership in directing and managing the Agency’s congressional relations and legislative activities, and the associate commissioner for international programs, where she focused on negotiating international agreements and working with developing nations.
Plaisier holds a Master of Social Work in Health Care Delivery Systems/Program Planning and Management from Indiana. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and classical civilizations from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.
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