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FDA Fundamentals

FDA staff working in a scientific laboratoryThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It consists of the Office of the Commissioner and four directorates overseeing the core functions of the agency: Medical Products and Tobacco, Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Global Regulatory Operations and Policy, and Operations.

FDA is responsible for

  • protecting the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, quality, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products, and medical devices. The FDA is also responsible for the safety and security of most of our nation’s food supply, all cosmetics, dietary supplements and products that give off radiation.
  • regulating tobacco products. More...


FDA Basics Videos

Meet some of the people who lead critical initiatives at the FDA.

Mitch Zeller 

Listen as Director Mitch Zeller speaks about top priorities for the Center of Tobacco Products.

How do we fight pandemics and help in the development of vaccines? What role does FDA play in ensuring the safety dietary supplements, protecting our beloved animals, monitoring new drugs, and helping individuals get the best medical care?  Find out more about all the things FDA does directly from the people who do it. Watch FDA Basics Videos...



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