The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates a wide range of products, including foods, cosmetics, drugs, devices, veterinary products, and tobacco products some of which may utilize nanotechnology or contain nanomaterials. Nanotechnology allows scientists to create, explore, and manipulate materials measured in nanometers (billionths of a meter). Such materials can have chemical, physical, and biological properties that differ from those of their larger counterparts.
Guidance documents issued
On June 24, 2014, FDA issued one draft and three final guidance documents related to the use of nanotechnology in regulated products.
FDA Guidance on Nanotechnology
- News Release: FDA issues guidance to support the responsible development of nanotechnology products
Nanotechnology Fact Sheet
- FDA issues three final guidances related to nanotechnology applications in regulated products, including cosmetics and food substances
- FDA issues draft guidance on the use of nanotechnology in food for animals; Public comment requested