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Regulated Products


The FDA regulates a wide range of products, including foods (except for aspects of some meat, poultry and egg products, which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture); human and veterinary drugs; vaccines and other biological products; medical devices intended for human use; radiation-emitting electronic products; cosmetics; dietary supplements, and tobacco products.

Percentage of Imported Lines by Commodity for Fiscal Year 2019

For a list of traditionally-recognized product categories that fall under FDA’s regulatory jurisdiction please visit the FDA Basics page.

To learn more about these products and their regulatory requirements please visit the following pages:

Regulated Product Find Information about:

Human Foods

Foods for human consumption, including dietary supplements, and color additives

Human Drugs

Active pharmaceutical ingredients and both prescription and over-the-counter medications

Vaccines, Blood and Biologics

Biologic products such as human blood, blood donor screening tests, human tissue, embryos, human plasma, and medical devices for use in blood banking operations

Medical Devices

Medical devices such as first aid kits, pacemakers, and surgical instruments

Radiation-Emitting Electronic Products

Radiation-emitting products such as x-ray machines, microwave ovens, CD-ROMs, and laser pointers


Cosmetic products such as shampoo, make-up, and face creams

Animal and Veterinary

Animal food and feed as well as veterinary medicines

Tobacco Products

FDA-regulated tobacco products such as cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems, cigars, and all other tobacco products

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