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FDA to Veterinary Medicines Directorate, Confidentiality Commitment


FDA is authorized under 21 C.F.R. § 20.89 1 to disclose non-public information to VMD regarding FDA-regulated drugs, including pre- and post-market activities, as appropriate, as part of cooperative law enforcement or cooperative regulatory activities. FDA is further authorized under section 708(c) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act 2 to share with a foreign government, as it deems appropriate and under limited circumstances, certain types of trade secret information.

The Commissioner of Food and Drugs has certified VMD as having the authority and demonstrated ability to protect trade secret information from disclosure. FDA therefore may provide VMD with certain types of trade secret information at FDA’s discretion and upon request by VMD based on the following certifications.

FDA understands that some of the information it receives from VMD may include non-public information exempt from public disclosure, such as commercially confidential information; trade secret information; personal privacy information; law enforcement information; designated national security information; or internal, pre-decisional information. FDA understands that this non-public information is shared in confidence and that it is critical that FDA maintains the confidentiality of exchanged non-public information. Public disclosure of exchanged non-public information by FDA could seriously jeopardize any further scientific and regulatory interactions between VMD and FDA. VMD will advise FDA of the non-public status of the information at the time that the information is shared.

Therefore, FDA certifies that it:

  1. has the authority to protect from public disclosure such non-public information provided to it in confidence ;
  2. will not publicly disclose such non-public information without the written authorization of the owner of the information, the written authorization from the individual who is the subject of the personal privacy information, or a written statement from VMD providing that the information no longer has non-public status;
  3. will promptly inform VMD of any effort made by judicial or legislative mandate to obtain non-public information exchanged under the terms of this Statement of Authority and Confidentiality Commitment. If such judicial or legislative mandate orders disclosure of such non-public information, FDA will take all appropriate measures in an effort to ensure that the information will be disclosed in a manner that protects the information from public disclosure; and
  4. will promptly inform VMD of any changes to the United States of America’s laws, or to any relevant policies or procedures, that would affect its ability to honor the commitments in this document.

This text is not intended to create rights and obligations under international or other law.

Signed on behalf of the
United States Food and Drug Administration


Dara A. Corrigan
Acting Deputy Commissioner
for Global Regulatory Operations and Policy

U.S. Food & Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Avenue,
Silver Spring, Maryland 20993
United States


1 United States Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, section 20.89.

2 United States Code, Title 21, section 379(c).

3 FDA has the authority to protect non-public information under several statutory provisions, including 5 U.S.C. § 552a; 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(1) – (9); 18 U.S.C. § 1905; and 21 U.S.C. § 331(j).

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