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NBJ Summit 2023
Terranea Resort
Rancho Palos Verdes,CA
JULY 25-27, 2023

Douglas Stearn, J.D.

Deputy Center Director for Regulatory Affairs
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition


Douglas Stearn is currently serving as the deputy director for regulatory affairs for the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In this position, he has direct oversight and responsibility for regulatory programs overseeing the food supply under FDA’s jurisdiction, including compliance functions and regulatory programs involving food safety, outbreak response, and dietary supplements.

He previously served as the director of FDA’s Office of Enforcement and Import Operations between November 2013 and April 2018, where he had responsibility for overseeing the execution of the agency’s import operations and compliance activities that cut across the commodities FDA regulates. Between January 2009 and November 2013, Mr. Stearn served as the assistant director and then the deputy director of the Office of Compliance within FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER).

Prior to joining CDER, Mr. Stearn served as the director of the Division of Compliance Policy in the Office of Regulatory Affairs for almost two years. Immediately before joining FDA, Mr. Stearn worked as a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Consumer Litigation for over fifteen years. In the course of his work at the Department of Justice, Mr. Stearn litigated numerous civil and criminal cases referred by FDA and other consumer protection agencies.