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Organization of the Food and Drug Administration.

provides management functions for the agency, and the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), under whose auspices operate the scientists who perform research, the consumer safety officers who conduct inspections, and the public affairs specialists who provide a more public face for the agency. Roughly one third of all FDA employees operate under the authority of the ORA.

It is worth reviewing the general scope of authority for each of the centers to better understand how conflicts may arise when various nanotechnology products are considered.

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