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Georgia Ravitz

Partner
Washington, DC
Georgia Ravitz

Georgia Ravitz

Partner
Washington, DC

Georgia Ravitz focuses on food and drug law and regulatory policy governing pharmaceuticals (including prescription drugs, generic drugs and over-the-counter drugs), biologics, cosmetics, health and beauty aids, medical devices (both PMA and 510(k) products), dietary supplements, vitamin and mineral products, food, and other consumer goods. Georgia also focuses on the laws and regulations relating to consumer products generally and those administered by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). She currently advises many clients on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and the additional requirements it imposes on manufacturers, importers, distributors, specialty retailers, and product vendors.

Georgia chairs the firm’s CPSC Committee, and is a member of the firm’s Food and Drug and Advertising groups. She formerly served on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and remains extremely involved in pro bono matters, particularly those relating to children.

Client Work

Georgia counsels manufacturers, distributors, and retailers who manufacture and market prescription drugs, biologics, cosmetics and over-the-counter drugs, consumer products, food products, dietary supplements, and vitamin products. She has extensive experience in reviewing labeling, advertising, and packaging to ascertain compliance with applicable Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations. Georgia also counsels clients on regulatory compliance and FDA inspections, participates in agency rulemaking and adjudicatory proceedings, responds to federal and state administrative enforcement efforts, import detention matters involving FDA and the Department of Homeland Security, and advises on civil and criminal litigation relating to FDA and related regulatory matters. Additionally, an integral component of her practice is advising companies on the level and type of product claims substantiation that will be necessary to satisfy the National Advertising Division (NAD) and the FTC. Georgia advises FDA-regulated establishments on the need to implement stock recovery and product recalls.

Georgia also works closely with manufacturers, distributors, importers, specialty retailers, and product vendors in the development of new, innovative products subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, the Consumer Product Safety Act, the CPSIA, and the various regulations enforced by the FDA and the CPSC. Over the years, Georgia has worked on many product recalls from cosmetics to electrical products to children’s products, and a wide range of other FDA regulated, personal and household products in between. She advises clients on the CPSIA and its corresponding rules, providing guidance on compliance certificates, third party testing of children’s products, tracking labels, new limits on lead and phthalates, and labeling requirements for toy and game advertisements, among other matters. Georgia actively participates in CPSC rulemakings and public meetings on the CPSIA.

Professional Activities

  • The Food and Drug Law Institute
  • Association of Food and Drug Officials
  • Lawyers for Children America

Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

In addition to giving speeches on FDA/FTC/CPSC product regulation, Georgia is a regular contributor on FDA and FTC cosmetics and personal care products issues to Happi Magazine, a well-known publication for the household, chemical, and personal products industry. Some of the articles Georgia has written include “Here’s a Better Way To Substantiate Claims,” “Will FDA Put the Heat on Salon Suppliers?” and “Should Your AHA Cream Carry a Warning Label?”

Additionally, Georgia was a featured speaker at ICPHSO, ABA Law Day, March 2013. Her presentation was titled "Product Labeling: Federal, State and Beyond - California's Proposition 65."

Life Beyond the Law

Much of Georgia’s life beyond the law is spent catering to the needs of her young children, as well as becoming involved with other young children who are from disadvantaged families and for whom help is desperately needed.