Date: Jun 09, 2006
On May 23, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an appropriations bill that directs continued funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Food Contact Notification (FCN) program. The House passed the agriculture appropriations bill (H.R. 5384) by a bipartisan vote of 378-46.
The focus now shifts to the U.S. Senate. Funding for the FCN program is included in the agriculture appropriations bill being considered by that legislative body. It is hoped that the Senate will address FDA's funding sometime in July. Once the Senate passes its version of the agriculture appropriations bill, conferees will be appointed by both Houses of Congress to resolve any differences between the two bills. The legislation will then be voted on again and, if passed, will move to the White House for President Bush's signature.
The FDA is continuing to accept and review FCNs pending further legislative developments. It is expected that the agency will issue a public notice in advance of discontinuing the FCN program if the budget situation should change. However, at the present time, FDA continues to operate the FCN program normally.