CFSAN Deputy Director to Headline IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP


Douglas Stearn, deputy director for regulatory affairs for the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will give the keynote address at IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP, June 4-5, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia. Stearn will present the key priorities on FDA’s regulatory agenda and discuss the agency’s expectations for dairy foods and ingredients companies over the coming years.

“The American food industry is ripe for innovation, and we look forward to hearing from Deputy Director Stearn about FDA’s nutrition innovation strategy and current approach to food safety under the Food Safety Modernization Act,” said Danielle Quist, IDFA senior director of regulatory affairs and counsel. “During his session at Regulatory RoundUP, he will not only be sharing insights with us, but he will be interested in hearing directly from you about your concerns and comments as a dairy industry professional. His session promises to be a perfect opportunity for companies to weigh in on dairy regulations.”



About Douglas Stearn

Stearn is directly responsible for the CFSAN regulatory programs that oversee the food supply, including programs that cover compliance, food safety, dietary supplements, nutrition and food labeling, analytics, outreach and international affairs.

Stearn previously served as the director of FDA’s Office of Enforcement and Import Operations, where he directed the execution of the agency’s import operations and compliance activities that cut across all commodities regulated by FDA. From January 2009 to November 2013, he was the assistant director and then the deputy director of the Office of Compliance within FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.



Regulatory RoundUP

IDFA’s Regulatory RoundUP provides the opportunity for dairy professionals to hear firsthand from the decision-makers who have direct responsibility for the rules that affect dairy plants, products and personnel. The conference also features experts who provide insight into emerging issues affecting dairy professionals and the industry.

Early registration rates for Regulatory RoundUP are available through April 12.

  • View the full agenda here.
  • Register here.

Members with questions may contact Quist at


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