Steven Niedelman

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Lead Quality Systems & Compliance Consultant, King & Spalding LLP

Areas of Expertise

FDA & Life Sciences

Steven Niedelman serves as lead quality systems and compliance consultant to the FDA & Life Sciences practice team at King & Spalding, specializing in regulatory, enforcement and policy matters involving industries regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  He provides strategic advice, insight and guidance to the medical device, pharmaceutical, biologics and food industries to ensure compliance with the requirements of the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

He joins King & Spalding from Crowell & Moring LLP, where he was a senior consultant in its health care group. Previously, he was executive vice-president of Quintiles Consulting. 

Mr. Niedelman consults with manufacturers, importers, new product developers, as well as with firms involved in or facing enforcement actions.  He helps firms develop corrective action plans so their business needs are properly balanced with regulatory requirements in order to achieve compliance without compromising objectives.  He provides training and guidance to industry professionals on all FDA requirements, including quality systems requirements, inspection preparedness, post-market obligations and to executives about their management responsibilities as well as FDA’s expectations.

Mr. Niedelman retired from the Food and Drug Administration in 2006 after a 34-year distinguished career, where he served as the Deputy Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs and as Chief Operating Officer of the Office of Regulatory Affairs.  He ensured consistent interpretation of FDA’s regulatory policies by directly overseeing offices at the headquarters of the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), including the Office of Regional Operations, Office of Enforcement and Office of Criminal Investigations.  Additionally, Mr. Niedelman assisted in the day-to-day management of FDA’s nearly 3,400 field staff responsible for investigative and laboratory operations.

While at ORA, Mr. Niedelman served as the principle liaison to the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and was a member of the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF) Steering Committee, FDA/Medical Device Industry Grassroots Initiative Steering Committee and the CDRH Post Market Initiative Steering Committee.  He also served on the Steering Committee to the Pharmaceutical “cGMP for the 21st Century” initiative as well the Counterfeit Drug Task Force.  Prior to joining the Office of the Associate Commissioner, he was the Director and Deputy Director of FDA’s Office of Enforcement, where he was responsible for oversight and consistency of compliance policy, enforcement and recall activities to ensure fair implementation by FDA’s five product centers.  During his tenure, Mr. Niedelman presided as the Chairman of FDA’s Compliance Policy Council.  He currently participates as a member of the Medical Devices Committee at the Food and Drug Law Institute and as a member of the Editorial Review Board for FDA News GMP publications directed at the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.  Mr. Niedelman has also served as Vice President of the FDA Alumnae Association.

Before joining the Office of Enforcement, Mr. Niedelman spent nearly 24 years throughout the Office of Compliance at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) in a number of management positions.  During those nearly 24 years at CDRH he was responsible for implementing many of the newly created statutory requirements and drafting and shaping many of the regulations and policies affecting the sale, distribution and promotion of medical devices.  He began his FDA career in 1972 as an Investigator in FDA’s New York District Office.   


B.A., Biology and Chemistry, College of Emporia