Article | January 31, 2014

The Plain Writing Act of 2010: Lessons for Industry


By Laurie Meehan, Polaris Compliance Consultants, Inc.

FDA and other federal agencies are bound by the Plain Writing Act of 2010 to use “clear government communication that the public can understand and use.”  It seems ridiculous that we’d need legislation for such a thing, since “understandable” and “useful” are such obvious and fundamental attributes of communication.  There’s even a companion document, the 118-page Federal Plain Language Guidelines (FPLG).