The results were recently released from a survey conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The survey was completed by almost a thousand scientists at the FDA. This survey is a follow-up to a similar survey that was given at the agency in 2006.
According to the article on UCS’ website, agency leaders are helping to boost scientific integrity at the agency. But persistent interference by special interests continues to hinder the agency's ability to use the best available science to protect the public health.
In short, here are some of the positive results as well as some areas that still need improvement:
- Leadership at the FDA is stronger- Around 76% of survey takers felt the FDA leadership has the right balance between product safety and market access
- The FDA is acting effectively to protect public health- 75% of respondents believe FDA is acting effectively to protect public health
- Communication is Discouraged or Unclear- Some scientist fear retribution for sharing concerns about the FDA
- Corporate and Political Interference Persists- Some believe that business interests frequently influence science-based regulatory decisions
The FDA seems to be taking the results of this survey as indication they’re taking steps in the right direction. In a recent blog post by Jesse Goodman, Chief Scientist for the FDA, he points out that “though this survey helps confirm that we are making progress, protecting scientific integrity will require continuing commitment and attention.”
Do you find the results promising? Or, are too many problems still lingering?