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About FDA

For more than 100 years, the FDA has been working to carry out our mission of promoting and protecting public health, and that means your health.

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What Does FDA Do?

Each day in America, you can trust the foods you eat and the medicines you take, thanks to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

More than 18,000 FDA employees work in all 50 states and internationally to ensure the safety and effectiveness of human and veterinary medicines, biologics, and medical devices. We also regulate the safety of food, cosmetics, devices that emit radiation, and tobacco products.

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FDA at a Glance

The FDA is a part of the Department of Health and Human Services. FDA-regulated products account for 20 cents of every dollar spent by U.S. consumers.

Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20993

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Who We Are

FDA employees work in all 50 states and internationally to protect public health.

The FDA employs project managers, scientists, statisticians, administrators, communicators, analysts, lawyers, doctors, inspectors, consumer safety officers, and many others. FDA staff are like your family – mothers and fathers, neighbors, community members, caregivers, friends, and more. And just like your family, FDA staff and their families are directly impacted by the work they do every day.

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Budget documentation for Fiscal Year 2025 and previous years.

Reports and Forms

Staff manual guides, user fee reports, budgets, strategic plans, economic analyses, and application forms, certification forms, and more.

Performance Data

FDA Data Dashboard, FDA-TRACK, openFDA, Recall Datasets, and more.

Plain Language

How the FDA is implementing the Plain Writing Act and Plain Language Principles in our communications with you.

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