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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

What is the FDA?

The FDA, or Food and Drug Administration, is a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that protects public health by guaranteeing the security, efficacy and safety of food, biopharmaceuticals and medical devices. The FDA regulates tobacco products to increase safety and decrease use by minors. The FDA also encourages scientific discoveries to improve food and medical products.  

Why is the FDA important to healthcare?

The FDA is important because it promotes the health and safety of the U.S. and its people. Individuals can feel safe in using FDA-approved products since the FDA only authorizes food, devices and drugs that are effective and safe. Additionally, the FDA plays a part in counterterrorism by securing necessary medical devices, products and food.