WASHINGTON - The House and Senate passed Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997 by voice votes on Sunday with no dissent, sending the bill to President Clinton, who is likely to sign it into law.

The FDA's new mission statement summarizes what Congress hopes to achieve with the bill. The agency is instructed that its mission is "to promote the public health by promptly and efficiently reviewing clinical research and taking appropriate action on the marketing of regulated products in a timely manner."