U.S. Food and Drug Administration Independence

Seven former Commissioners of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), representing both sides of the political aisle, believe the FDA should become an independent federal agency. After announcing their consensus view at Aspen Ideas: Health (previously Spotlight Health) in 2016, the Aspen Institute’s Health, Medicine and Society program convened a 18-month series of discussions with the Commissioners and built evidence to support their shared view that independence is the best pathway for FDA to meet the scientific challenges of the 21st century.