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India Spices

Established in November 2008, the Office of Global Policy and Strategy's (OGPS) India Office (INO) serves as the lead FDA on-site presence in New Delhi, India. The India Office addresses operational and policy matters concerning FDA-regulated products in collaboration with the Government of India counterparts. In line with the FDA's mission, the INO's primary focus is ensuring the safety, quality, and effectiveness of food and medical products exported to the United States.

The India Office advances the FDA's mission to protect and promote public health by: 

  • Conducting commodity-specific inspections to meet the requirements of FDA-specific legislative mandates;
  • Building strong coalitions and partnerships with regulatory authorities, industry, academia, multilateral organizations, non-governmental organizations, and other relevant institutions to increase the FDA’s understanding of India’s regulatory framework and processes, and to share information about FDA science-based regulations and requirements;
  • Enhancing FDA’s knowledge of India’s legal requirements and oversight capacity of India's regulatory agencies; Indian companies that manufacture or export products subject to the FDA’s jurisdiction; and emerging trends and issues of relevance to the FDA to ensure product safety and quality; and
  • Expanding upon and building better quality data to inform the FDA’s regulatory decisions and actions.


Sarah McMullen, Ph.D., Director
Deputy Director (Vacant)
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Office of Global Policy and Strategy
India Office
U.S. Embassy New Delhi
New Delhi, India

Tel: +91-11-2419-8269
E-mail: US-FDA-INO@fda.hhs.gov

Focus on India

India is one of the largest exporters of drugs and biologics to the United States, as measured by FDA import lines. The country is also a global leader in the export of shrimp and spices.

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