Science has always been central to FDA's public health mission. From the agency's earliest years, it relied on cutting-edge analytical methods to assess product composition and detect adulteration. Since the early-20th century, scientific advancements have empowered FDA's public health impact by enabling more sensitive and robust research methods, as well as more efficient and substantive analytical techniques. Of course, scientific innovation has also introduced new products subject to FDA's regulatory authority, including innovative therapies that offer hope to some of the greatest health threats of our time.
The articles below examine some of the ways in which the FDA has marshaled regulatory science to protect consumers.