play a critical role in health care research by reviewing proposals for research in human subjects and considering vaccine and other products for licensure. These agencies have a tough job, as they must ensure the safety of research subjects involved in testing novel health products while not unnecessarily delaying approval of valuable health research or product approval. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the lead regulatory agency involved in health care research. The European Medicines Evaluation Agency (EMEA) is the lead regulatory agency for the European Union. Many other countries have their own regulatory agencies as well. Currently, the World Health Organization is reviewing regulatory capacity in countries around the world and helping to expand this capacity.
Governmental jurisdictions or departments that issue laws, ordinances, and other regulations that design and construction must comply with. Also referred to as code authorities, authorities having jurisdiction, and permits and inspection offices. Permits and inspection offices tend to be local, rather than national, while regulatory agencies includes agencies at every level of jurisdiction that applies (i.e. global, national, state/province, county/parish, city/town, utility district, special taxation districts, etc.).