The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.
FDA also has responsibility for regulating the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health and to reduce tobacco use by minors.
FDA is responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medical products more effective, safer, and more affordable and by helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medical products and foods to maintain and improve their health.
FDA also plays a significant role in the Nation's counterterrorism capability. FDA fulfills this responsibility by ensuring the security of the food supply and by fostering development of medical products to respond to deliberate and naturally emerging public health threats.
FDA: Protecting and Promoting Public Health
What Does FDA Regulate?
What Is Regulatory Science?
From Mammograms to Microwaves - FDA Scientists Keeping You Safe
How does the FDA approve new drugs?
- Laws Enforced by FDA
- What Does FDA Regulate?
- FDA 101: An Overview of FDA's Regulatory and Research Activities
- FDA Regulations: 21 CFR, Food and Drugs
- Search for FDA Guidance Documents
- FDA Rules and Regulations
- FDA Dockets: Comment on Rulemaking, Administrative Proceedings
- Freedom of Information
- Vaccine Facts: Why You and Your Family Need Vaccines (PDF - 819KB)
- All FDA-Approved Home and Lab Tests
- Medication Guides: Patient Labeling