Job Overview

Summary

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

The FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs is the lead office for all FDA Field activities as well as providing FDA leadership on imports, inspections and enforcement policy. ORA supports FDA Product Centers by inspecting regulated products and manufacturers, conducting sample analysis on regulated products, and reviewing imported products offered for entry into the United States. ORA also develops FDA-wide policy on compliance and enforcement.

AMENDED: THIS VACANCY IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 600 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AND WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON THE CLOSING DATE OR AT MIDNIGHT ON THE DAY WE RECEIVE THE 600TH APPLICATION, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.

Who May Apply: Open to all United States Citizens.

LOCATION: These positions are located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Global Regulatory Operations and Policy (OGROP), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Field Offices.  Duty station will be determined upon selection.

Salary Range indicated above reflects only the General Salary (GS) base rate table. Assigned Duty location will determine the proper GS locality table once Duty Station is assigned.

This announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Duties

This position is located in an FDA District Office or Resident Post, and represents the highest level of expertise in a district for the inspection of firms engaged in the manufacture, processing, and control of human or veterinary pharmaceutical products, for compliance with FDA laws and regulations. Assignments will involve inspections/investigations across District lines. As a Consumer Safety Officer, is a primary source of expertise in an assigned geographical area who resolves the most difficult, controversial and complex inspectional problems which involve a combination of scientific and regulatory responsibilities.  At the full performance level, major duties include: 

  • Serves as a source of expertise within a geographical area; provides advisory, liaison and consultative services for drug programs to regulated industries, State agencies, other Federal agencies and Agency management.
  • Advises on new advances in technology related to drug products, new programs, laws and regulations, significant court decisions, and any new trends or scientific findings involving drug products.
  • Meets with hostile or uncooperative industry representatives to exchange information and to provide advice and guidance regarding those aspects of the application, notice, amendment, supplement or report which fall within area of review with emphasis on deficiencies. Interactions require considerable tact and firmness to obtain needed information regarding submissions.
  • Develops, monitors, coordinates, and implements FDA Agency policy and initiatives in relation to human or veterinary pharmaceutical products ensuring compliance with FDA laws and regulations.
  • Conduct quality assurance inspections of domestic and international manufacturing processes and write establishment inspection reports and recommendations for classifications. 
  • Plan, conduct and direct highly technical, complex inspections related to production, control, testing and processing human or veterinary pharmaceutical products.
  • Perform investigations involving complaints or injury/death. 
  • Conduct complex and in-depth investigations, determine required course of action and level of investigative efforts required.
  • Document inspection findings in prescribed written format according to FDA policies and guidelines.
  • Maintain a working knowledge and awareness of the Current Good Manufacturing Practices objectives and exercise analytical judgment to anticipate potential problems.

Duties at the trainee levels will be selected by the supervisor and will be developmental in nature.

Supervisory Status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Travel Required

  • 50% or Greater
  • International and Domestic travel required

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

United States Citizens

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