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What does the FDA stand for?

Across government we are known simply as 'The FDA'.

The FDA's original name - the Association of First Division Civil Servants - was registered in 1918. The organisation was founded to protect the interests of senior civil servants, who were at that time known as the 'first division' within the civil service hierarchy.

Over time, what became widely known as the 'First Division Association' established a reputation for successfully representing the interests of senior managers and professionals in government. Given the public sector's fondness for acronyms, the moniker 'the First Division Association' evolved naturally into 'the FDA'.

The union formally adopted the FDA as its name in 2001.