Craig, Francis and George to Present Paper at Harvard Law on FDA’s Authority over Labeling


On May 4, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professors Robin Craig, Leslie Francis and Erika George will present their co-authored paper, “The FDA’s Authority Over Labeling: Current Ironies and Future Improvements,” at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics’s 2013 Annual Conference at Harvard Law School.

The title of the conference is The Food & Drug Administration in the 21st Century.  Attendance is free and open to the public.  The paper by Craig, Francis and George is part of the conference’s program on “Major Issues in Food, Supplement, and Tobacco Regulation.”

From the conference website:

“The Food and Drug Administration, the US government’s oldest comprehensive consumer protection agency, bears the monumental task of safeguarding the public health through regulation of food, drugs and biologics, devices, cosmetics, animal products, radiation-emitting products, and now, tobacco.

lesliefrancisThe agency faces a number of perennial issues related to funding, relationships with industry, and striking the proper balance between consumer choice and consumer protection. It also faces several modern challenges related to globalization, novel technologies, newly added responsibilities, and changing threats to the public health.

How is the agency faring in the 21st century? What are the greatest challenges to the FDA’s success, and what does success look like? What lessons has it learned and how can it best meet the challenges of today? Should we keep the agency we have, pull it apart, or rebuild from scratch?   This conference will  gather leading experts from academia, government, and private industry to evaluate the FDA based on these and other questions, and to begin charting a course for the agency’s future.”


The keynote address will be provided by Deborah Autor, Deputy Commissioner for Global Regulatory Operations and Policy, U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Plenary speakers include Peter Barton Hutt (Covington & Burling), R. Alta Charo (University of Wisconsin Law School) and Susan Winckler (Food & Drug Law Institute).

Click here to view the full agenda.