Science & Research

Nanotechnology

representation of nano particles

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 three final guidance documents related to the use of nanotechnology in regulated products, incuding cosmetics and food substances.
  • On August 5, 2015, FDA issued one final guidance document related to the use of nanotechnology in food for animals.

Page Last Updated: 08/05/2015
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