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Food and Drug Administration and the FDA Transparency Task Force

Author: Disabled World

Published: 2010-02-04 : (Rev. 2017-03-18)

Synopsis and Key Points:

Outlines the role of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the FDA Transparency Task Force blog.

Main Digest

What is the FDA

The FDA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It consists of six product centers, one research center, and two offices. The FDA is the government agency responsible for regulating food, dietary supplements, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, biologics and blood products in the United States of America.

The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

The U.S. FDA regulates:

The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.

How do I report a problem with a FDA-regulated product?

There are several ways you can report problems to FDA:

FDA Transparency Task Force

The Transparency Task Force is actively seeking input from the public about issues related to transparency and will work to identify what information the public most wants FDA to be transparent about. View some of the interesting replies at the FDA Transparency Task Force blog (

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