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'Program Alignment' Falls Into Place: Everything You Need To Know About US FDA's New Inspectional Approach

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For the medical device industry, FDA's five regional offices – Pacific, Central, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast – will be replaced by three distinct divisions across the US encompassing 20 FDA district offices on May 15. Check out the latest US map from the agency showing where the device divisions will be located, and find out what your firm will be facing at its next facility inspection.

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