U.s. Food And Drug Administration

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration Proposed Rule to Extend Its Reigns Over E-Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and received its name in 1930. Although the FDA’s roots can be traced back as far as 1862, its right as a regulatory agency came into effect under the 1906 Pure Food and Drugs Act. This legislation was created to eliminate misrepresentation of food and drugs in an effort to protect the health of the public. Over the years, the FDA’s role has further evolved to overseeing many areas other than just food and drugs. However, its mission has remained the same:
“[to protect] the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, quality, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products, and medical devices. The FDA is also responsible for the safety and security of most of our nation’s food supply, all cosmetics, dietary supplements and products that give off radiation.”
The FDA interfaces with industry, consumers, patients, and many other constituency groups to meet its mission. Specifically, it inspects manufacturers of FDA-related products to ensure quality standards and regulatory compliance; informs consumers of product safety issues; publishes notices of drug, device, and treatment approvals; and spearheads initiatives on services globalization, healthcare transparency, sentinel events, and much more.
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