Melvin S. Drozen: Lawyer with Keller and Heckman LLP

Melvin S. Drozen

Partner
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202.434.4222

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Practice Areas

  • Advertising and Promotion
  • Biotechnology
  • Food & Drug
  • International Regulatory Affairs
  • Food Recall Insurance Coverage
  • Fuels
  • Government Relations
 
University Georgetown University, B.A., 1971
 
Law SchoolBrooklyn Law School, J.D., 1975
 
Admitted1976, New York; 1979, District of Columbia
 
Biography

Melvin S. Drozen joined Keller and Heckman in 1987.

Mr. Drozen advises clients on a broad spectrum of FDA, FTC, USDA and EPA (pesticides) regulatory matters, ranging from premarket approval requirements for food additives, dietary supplement ingredients, drugs, and medical devices to advertising and labeling provisions applicable to all of these products. Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, he was an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y., and then an attorney in the General Counsel's Office of the Food and Drug Administration for seven years. At the FDA, he represented the agency in a variety of food and drug litigation and provided agency personnel with counsel on food, drugs, and veterinary product matters.

Mr. Drozen's practice also extends to the international regulation and requirements for food and drugs and he has interfaced with relevant regulators in South America, Europe, Asia and Australia on these subjects. As part of his practice, Mr. Drozen also frequently counsels clients on topics being considered by the various committees of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the International Conference on Harmonization.

With his partners, Mr. Drozen regularly teaches a seminar on Practical Food Law. He also frequently lectures on a variety of other food and drug topics including food and drug safety and good manufacturing practices. Mr. Drozen is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 practicing FDA Law.

Articles

•Dec 01, 2015 Summaries of Three FSMA Final Rules - Foreign Supplier Verification Program, Third-Party Accreditation Program, and Produce Safety Standards
•Nov 13, 2015 FDA Issues Final Rules to Implement FSMA Produce Safety, FSVP, and Third-Party Auditor Provisions
•Nov 11, 2015 FDA Seeks Comments on the Meaning of Natural
•Sep 25, 2015 Keller and Heckman Summary of Final Rule on CGMPs and HARPC for Food for Animals
•Sep 21, 2015 Keller and Heckman Summary of Human HARPC Final Rule
•Sep 10, 2015 FDA Issues Final Rules to Implement FSMA HARPC Provisions
•Aug 04, 2015 FDA Releases Draft Guidance on Declaration of Small Amounts of Nutrients and Dietary Ingredients on Nutrition Labels

Events

•Oct 20, 2015 FSMA Fundamentals: A Guide to the Final Rules Implementing HARPC Provisions for Human and Animal Food Webinar
•May 28, 2014 Mel Drozen and Alissa Jijon to Present at the American Peanut Shellers Associations Supply Chain Educational Program
•Apr 27, 2014 Mel Drozen to Speak at the IMR International's Annual Food Hydrocolloid Conference

News

•Aug 20, 2015 Keller and Heckman LLP Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2016
•Aug 20, 2014 Keller and Heckman LLP Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2015
•Aug 15, 2013 Keller and Heckman LLP has Four Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2014
•Jul 29, 2013 Melvin Drozen Was Quoted in Law360 Article on a Recent FDA Proposal That Would Set Importers and Suppliers Against Each Other
•May 17, 2013 Mel Drozen to Speak at the Synthetic Amorphous Silica and Silicate Industry (SASSI) Annual Meeting
•Jun 12, 2012 Partner Mel Drozen to Join Legal Panel at ABA's 2nd Food & Supplements Annual Workshop
•Oct 26, 2011 FDA Releases Guidance Document on Administrative Detention Under FSMA

 
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FDA Issues Final Rules to Implement FSMA Produce Safety, FSVP, and Third-Party Auditor Provisions
Melvin S. Drozen,Evangelia C. Pelonis,Laura D. Venker, January 7, 2016
FDA has issued its long-awaited final rules to implement the produce safety, foreign supplier verification program (FSVP), and accredited third-party certification provisions under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The rules are scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on...

FDA Seeks Comments on the Meaning of "Natural"
Melvin S. Drozen,Alissa D. Jijon,Evangelia C. Pelonis, November 20, 2015
As food industry stakeholders are well aware, the use of the term “natural” in food labeling and advertising is fraught with ambiguity and risk of challenge. FDA’s informal policy is that “natural” means nothing artificial or synthetic (including all color additives...

FDA Extends Compliance Date for Menu Labeling Rule to December 1, 2016
Melvin S. Drozen,Alissa D. Jijon,Evangelia C. Pelonis, July 15, 2015
On December 1, 2014, FDA published a final rule to implement the menu labeling provisions added to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) by the Affordable Care Act.[1] Under the new requirements, restaurants or similar retail food establishments (in chains of 20 or more locations...



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Melvin S. Drozen

Suite 500 West, 1001 G Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20001




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