Freedom of Information
The 1996 amendments to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) mandate publicly accessible "electronic reading rooms" with agency FOIA response materials and other information routinely available to the public, with electronic search and indexing features.
Before submitting a FOIA request, please check to see if the information you are looking for is already available on FDA's Web site. You can use our search engine to help you find what you're looking for. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead and speak to a DFOI staff member to determine whether the records they are seeking are maintained in the Public Reading Room, available electronically, or would require the submission and processing of a Freedom of Information (FOI) Request.
If you wish to visit an FDA Public Reading Room in person, they are located at:
- Division of Freedom of Information, 12420 Parklawn Drive, Element Bldg Rm 1036, Rockville, MD 20857.
When you approach the Lobby Guard Desk, please ask to be connected to the Reading Room at (301) 796-3900, so that a member of the staff can escort you through security.
- Division of Dockets Management, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Mail Stop HFA-305, Rockville, MD 20852.
Hours of operation for both sites are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For a general overview of the Freedom of Information Act see the U.S. Department of Justice's FOIA homepage.
FOIA Service Centers
ACF - Administration for Children and Families AHRQ - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality AOA - Administration on Aging CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CMS - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services OS - Office of the Secretary HRSA - Health Resources and Services Administration IHS - Indian Health Service NIH - National Institutes of Health OIG - Office of Inspector General PSC - Program Support Center SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration