F. Alan Andersen, Ph.D.
After completing his Ph.D. in Biophysics from Penn State, Alan Andersen joined the Food and Drug Administration in 1971 as a researcher studying the genotoxic effects of ionizing, microwave, ultraviolet and ultrasound radiation at the Bureau of Radiological Health. In 1981, he joined the Bureau of Medical Devices as Associate Director for Standards. After the merger of the radiological health and medical device programs in 1982, he joined and later headed the Office of Science and Technology. In 1992, Alan was appointed to head the Office of Device Evaluation. He is a Past President of CLSI, an international, interdisciplinary, non-profit and educational organization that promotes the development and use of voluntary consensus standards and guidelines within the health care community. He is on Board of Directors of the Penn State Graduate School Alumni Association. Since 1993, Alan has been the Director and Scientific Coordinator of the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), an independent endeavor to review and assess the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics and publishes findings in peer-reviewed scientific literature. In addition to serving as FDAAA Treasurer, Alan chairs the Member Services Committee.