This post was written by Erin A. Janssen.

On April 23, 2012, FDA released its “Global Engagement Report,” detailing the strategies FDA is using to transform from a domestic to a global public health agency.  The report describes how the agency is ensuring that imported food, drugs, medical devices, and other regulated products meet the same rigorous standards for safety and quality as those manufactured domestically. The report also outlines strategies the FDA is using in partnership with other agencies and organizations around the world to strengthen global regulatory capacity-building efforts; develop and harmonize science-based regulatory standards; increase awareness about the importance of regulatory systems; and share information globally to facilitate rapid identification of and response to public health emergencies.