Food and Drug Administration

HHS Inspector General Should Be Involved in Criminal Investigations Gao ID: HRD-88-8 November 4, 1987

In response to a congressional request, GAO discussed: (1) the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Inspector General's (IG) authority to conduct criminal investigations relating to: (1) counterfeit and diverted drugs; and (2) training and resources available to conduct such investigations.

GAO found that: (1) the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act authorizes FDA to conduct inspections which could result in the discovery of a criminal act; (2) because FDA seeks specialized criminal investigative skills from other federal agencies, it does not train its personnel for criminal investigations; (3) proposed legislation could increase FDA involvement in criminal investigations; and (4) IG believes that it should conduct criminal investigations for FDA, as it does for other HHS agencies, since it currently has the resources.


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