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  • 2017

    The 13th Amendment
    Date of Amendment: Presidential Decree No. 27689 (27 Dec. 2016), Ordinance of the Prime Minister No. 1360 (26 Jan. 2017)
    Summary:
    Reduction of 15 employees in the total workforce (5 from head office, 4 from NIFDS, 6 from regional offices) in 2016
    Total workforce: 1,759 persons

    The 14th Amendment
    Date of Amendment: Presidential Decree No. 27891 (28 Feb. 2017), Ordinance of the Prime Minister No. 1360 (28 Feb. 2017)
    Summary:
    Increase in the total workforce required for the year 2017 (38 people for three divisions, namely Alcoholic Beverages Safety Management and Planning Division; Narcotics Control Division; Biopharmaceutical Review and Management Division)
    Total workforce: 1,797 persons

    The 15th Amendment
    Date of Amendment: Presidential Decree No. 27942 (20 Mar. 2017), Ordinance of the Prime Minister No. 1383 (21 Mar. 2017)
    Summary:
    Reorganization conducted to enhance the efficiency of safety control of all food items including imported food
    ∙ Agro-livestock and Fishery Products Safety Bureau is reorganized into Imported Food Safety Policy Bureau
    ∙ Food Nutrition and Dietary Safety Bureau is reorganized into Food and Consumer Safety Bureau
    Total workforce: 1,797 persons
    ∙ Head office: 592 589 (-3)
    ∙ NIFDS: 415 418 (+3)
    ∙ Regional offices: 790 790

  • 2016

    The 10th Amendment
    Date of Amendment: Presidential Decree No. 26790 (30 Dec. 2015), Ordinance of the Prime Minister No. 1255 (05 Feb. 2016)
    Summary:
    Adjustment in employee positions (15 people) is reflected Total workforce: 1,762 persons

    The 11th Amendment
    Date of Amendment: Presidential Decree No. 27143 (10 May 2016), Ordinance of the Prime Minister No. 1255 (19 May 2016)
    Summary:
    Increase in the total workforce required for the year 2016 (12 people for one division (Integrated Food Information Service Division)
    Total workforce: 1,774 persons

    The 12th Amendment
    Date of Amendment: Presidential Decree No. 27143 (10 May 2016), Ordinance of the Prime Minister No. 1308 (29 July 2016)
    Summary:
    Adjustment in open competitive positions for the level of director general (including the position of director general of Pharmaceutical Safety Bureau and excluding the position of director general of Food Standard Planning Office)
    Total workforce: 1,774 persons
  • 2015

    -1 Division and 2 Imported Food Inspection Centers Established
    -Headquarter: Pharmaceutical Safety Evaluation Division
    -Regional Food and Drug Administration: Incheon Port Imported Food Inspection Center, Yongin Imported Food Inspection Center

    -Headquarter and Affiliated Agencies Restructuring by Duty
    HQ
    Duties of Health Functional Food Standard Division, Medical Device Quality Division and Novel Food Division(transferred to NIFDS) transferred to other offices or abolished Health Functional Food Policy Division and Medical Device Safety Evaluation Division newly established

    Institute(National Institute of Food and Drug Safety Evaluation, NIFDS)
    Radiation Safety Division abolished
    Novel Food Division(transferred from HQ), In-vitro Diagnostic Division newly created
    Nation Center for Lot Release renamed to Vaccines Division
    Blood Products Team renamed to Blood Products Division

    Headquarter(1 Planning and Coordination Office, 7 Bureaus, 1 Office, 46 Divisions)
    7 Affiliated Agencies: 1 Institute(6 Departments, 40 Divisions),
    6 Regional Administrations(2 Centers for Food & Drug analysis, 15 Imported Food Inspection Centers)
  • 2014

    1 Division(Quasi-drug Policy Division) established in the Headquarter
  • 2013

    Ministry of Food and Drug Safety(Status elevated from KFDA)
    - Policy-making function regarding food and drug safety of Ministry of Health and Welfare and duties regarding sanitation and safety of agro-livestock fishery products of Ministry of Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries transferred to MFDS according to revision of National Government Organization Act(Mar. 23, 2013)
    - MFDS has one Headquarter(1 Planning and Coordination Office, 7 Bureaus, 1 Office, 43 Divisions) and 7 Affiliated Agencies(1 Institute(6 Departments, 39 Divisions), 6 Regional Administrations(13 Imported Food Inspection Centers))
    Established 2 Divisions(Alcoholic Beverages Safety Management and Planning Division(temporary), Pharmaceutical Approval and Patent Management Division) in the Headquarter
  • 2012

    KFDA has one Headquarter, 7 Affiliated Agencies(1 Institute, 6 Regional Administrations).
    - Headquarter : 1 Planning and Coordination Office, 5 Bureaus(1 office and 4 Departments), 53 Divisions
    - Institute : 3 Departments, 28 Divisions
    - 6 Regional Administrations (8 Imported Food Inspection Centers)
  • 2011

    Established Emergency Planning Office under the Planning & Coordination Bureau.
    Abolished GMP and Quality Research Team under the National Institute of Food and Drug Safety Evaluation.
    Established Biopharmaceutical Quality Management Division under Biopharmaceuticals & Herbal Medicine Bureau.
    Established Cell & Gene Therapy Division under Biopharmaceuticals and Herbal Medicine Evaluation Department.
    Changed Advanced Therapy Products Division to Recombinant Protein Products Division.
    Reorganized the Medical Devices Evaluation Bureau based on the different clinical fields. Diagnostic Medical Devices Division, Therapeutic Medical Devices Division and Medical Materials and Supplies Division changed to Cardiovascular Devices Division, Orthopetic & Restrorative Devices Division, and Dental & Gastroenterology Devices Division.
    Established High-Tech Medical Devices Division
  • 2010

    The National Tax Service transferred Liquor Safety Management responsibilities to the KFDA.
    Adverse Effect inspection Team of the Nation Institute Food and Drug Safety Evaluation was abolished and became Pharmaceutical Safety Information Team under Pharmaceutical Safety Bureau of the KFDA.
    Evaluation Science Division of the NIFDS changed their name to Pharmaceutical Standardization Research and Testing Division.
    The KFDA relocated to Osong Health Technology Administration Complex, Osong, ChungBuk during November.
  • 2009

    The KFDA Headquarters was previously comprised of 1 Officer, 5 Bureaus(5 Departments), 65 Divisions, but the composition was changed to 1 Officer, 5Bureaus(1 Officer and 4 Departments), 48 Divisions. Criminal Investigations Office, and Foreign Inspection Division were established.
    National Institute of Toxicological Research was transformed into National Institute of Food and Drug Safety Evaluation(3 Departments, 18 Divisions > 3 Departments, 29 Divisions)
  • 2008

    Innovation Planning Officer, and Laboratory Test Management Team were abolished, and creation and innovation Officer, and Laboratory Audit Team were newly formed instead.
    Headquarters were changed to bureaus, and the Team-based System became Division-based.
    The responsibility of treating and caring narcotic addicts was transferred to the ministry for Health, welfare and Family Affairs.
  • 2007

    Spokesperson system was introduced for the advanced system for the press coverage, KFDA also reinforced its staff and newly created 5 teams.
  • 2006

    Bureau for Risk Management, information Management Team, Customer Support Team, Novel Food Team, Clinical Management Team, Herbal Medicine Management Team, Cosmetics Evaluation Team, Biologics Management Team, Herbal Medicine Evaluation Team, Medical Devices Quality Management Team were founded.
  • 2005

    The organization of 2 Offices, 2 Bureaus, and 6 departments was restructured into 6 Headquarters, and 4 Departments.
    Teambased system was introduced to all Divisions.
  • 2004

    The organization was restructured with the creation of Medical Devices Management Division, and Bioproduct Technical Support Division.
  • 2003

    KFDA newly established Health Functional Food New Division, Health Functional Food Standardization Division, and Biologics Standardization Division along with the increase in staff.
  • June, 2002

    The National Center of Toxicological Research was reorganized to National institute of Toxicological Research.
  • February, 1998

    The Food and Drug Safety Administration was newly establised and there were affiliated agencies such as national toxicology laboratory and six regional food and drug safety administrations.