U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Definition - What does U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mean?

The US Food and Drug Administration, commonly known as the FDA, is a federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The institution is responsible for ensuring the safety of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, cosmetics, electromagnetic radiation emitting devices, and medical devices. The FDA regulates the production and distribution of food, cosmetics, drugs, and other biological products that can impact human or animal welfare.

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The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting the public health by making sure that the manufactured and distributed goods are safe for human and/or animal consumption. A product can be manufactured, advertised and sold in the United States only if it has been approved by the FDA.

These goods include:

  • Dietary supplements.
  • Bottled water.
  • Infant formulas.
  • Prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs.
  • Vaccines.
  • Cellular and gene therapy products.
  • Tissue and tissue products.
  • Allergenics.
  • Blood transfusions.
  • Electromagnetic radiation emitting devices (microwave ovens, x-ray equipment, laser products, ultrasonic therapy equipment, mercury vapor lamps, sunlamps).
  • Veterinary drugs.
  • Animal food, medical devices.
  • Cosmetics (color additives found in makeup and other personal care products, skin moisturizers and cleansers, nail polish and perfume).
  • Tobacco products.
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