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Bernard A. Schwetz, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Human Studies Review Board

Ethics Training for Members and Consultants Serving on the HSRB

Dr. Bernard Schwetz retired from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in September 2007. Prior to that, he was the Director of the HHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) since February 2003. Previous to his tenure at OHRP, Dr. Schwetz served as the Senior Advisor for Science at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a Distinguished Scientist at the University of Maryland, College Park. He served as the Acting Commissioner of the FDA from January 2001 to February 2002, and before that, the agency’s Acting Deputy Commissioner and Senior Advisor for Science. He also chaired the agency’s Institutional Review Board. Before holding these posts, Dr. Schwetz was the Director of FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson, Arkansas, from 1993 to 1999. A retired Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology and Honorary Diplomat of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society, Dr. Schwetz was the Acting Director of the Environmental Toxicology Program at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Research Triangle Park, NC, and was the Associate Director of the National Toxicology Program there. Dr. Schwetz is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. In addition to numerous other awards during his career, Dr. Schwetz received the US Government’s Meritorious Executive Presidential Award, the HHS Secretary’s Recognition Award, the Surgeon General’s Medallion Award, the Distinguished Service Award of the American College of Toxicology and the Merit Award of the Society of Toxicology.


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