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Risk Communication

Venn Diagram showing overlapping areas of science, policy and capacity

The goal of FDA risk communication is to help people make informed decisions about FDA-regulated products. Doing this means conveying both the risks and benefits of these products. It is an interactive process that targets both the public and regulated industries. We do this by

  • communicating directly with product users and prescribers
  • giving guidance to industries to help them communicate about their products

To achieve these goals we aim to strengthen relevant science, policy, and capacity.

Communicating Risks and Benefits:  An Evidence-Based User's Guide

 Effective risk communication is essential to the well-being of any organization and those people who depend on it.  Ineffective communication can cost lives, money, and reputations.  Communicating Risks and Benefits:  An Evidence-Based User's Guide provides the scientific foundations for effective communication.


Cover of the report Communicating Risks and Benefits:  An Evidence-Based User


Risk Communication at FDA