Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The FDA is a federal agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) responsible for protecting and promoting public health.

The FDA regulates the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, the country’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. New drugs and devices must be approved by the FDA before entering a clinical trial for human testing, and again for approval for sale and marketing after Phase III of the trial. Approval for innovations that improve safety, efficacy, and affordability/availability of medical products can be expedited by the FDA.

Source: What We Do. (2018, March 28). U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved January 8, 2022, from