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About the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

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.

FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines more effective, safer, and more affordable and by helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to maintain and improve their health. FDA also has responsibility for regulating the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health and to reduce tobacco use by minors.

Finally, FDA plays a significant role in the Nation’s counterterrorism capability. FDA fulfills this responsibility by ensuring the security of the food supply and by fostering development of medical products to respond to deliberate and naturally emerging public health threats.

FDA Mission: FDA’s mission is to promote and protect the public health by helping safe and effective products reach the market in a timely way, and monitoring products for continued safety after they are in use.  FDA’s work is a blending of law and science aimed at protecting consumers.

What FDA Regulates https://www.fda.gov/about-fda/fda-basics/what-does-fda-regulate

About FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) is the lead office for all agency field activities. ORA inspects regulated products and manufacturers, conducts sample analyses of regulated products and reviews imported products offered for entry into the United States. In pursuit of its mission, ORA also works with its state, local, tribal, territorial and foreign counterparts.

ORA Mission: Protecting consumers and enhancing public health by maximizing compliance of FDA-regulated products and minimizing risk associated with those products.

ORA Vision: "All food is safe; all medical products are safe and effective; and the public health is advanced and protected."

Careers at ORA  Jobs at the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA)

Contact ORA – Public Inquiries:  ORAInfo@fda.hhs.gov

Consumers:  1-888-463-6332

Consumer Complaint Coordinators:  https://www.fda.gov/safety/rep...

Media Requests:  ORAPress@fda.hhs.gov

 Public Inquiry:  ORAInfo@fda.hhs.gov 

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RESOURCES FOR HEALTH EDUCATORS

Links to Teaching Tools (*) and Information

(March 2020) 

General Topics

Consumer Page: https://www.fda.gov/consumers

FDA You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/USFoodandDrugAdmin

Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts: https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts Sign up for recall notifications

Youth: http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/index.htm

Children: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/childrens-health

Food Safety

Food Allergies: https://www.fda.gov/food/food-ingredients-packaging/food-allergens

Fight Bac! ™ Curriculum [K-3, 4-8, 9-12]: http://www.fightbac.org/kidsfoodsafety/curricula-and-programs/  (*)

Food Safety for At-Risk Groups (pregnant, children, cancer, diabetes, etc.: https://www.fda.gov/food/consumers/people-risk-foodborne-illness (*)

Food Storage: https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/foodkeeperapp/index.html

Health Educators: https://www.fda.gov/food/resources-you-food/health-educators (*)

USDA Food Safety Fact Sheets: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets

Minority Health: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/minority-health-and-health-equity/minority-health-resources

Nutrition and Exercise

Body Image/Eating Disorders: https://www.womenshealth.gov/mental-health/body-image-and-mental-health

Choose My Plate: http://www.choosemyplate.gov (*)

Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Eat Healthy- Be Active:  https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/workshops/

Food Label: https://www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/default.htm

NIH Portion Distortion http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan/eat-right/portion-distortion.htm PowerPoint to illustrate increased portion size (*)

Nutrition: https://www.nutrition.gov/

Nutrition Education and Materials: https://www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/ucm20026097.htm

Read the Label Youth Outreach Campaign and Snack Shack (Games): https://www.fda.gov/food/nutrition-education-resources-materials/nutrition-facts-label-read-label-youth-outreach-materials

Drugs and Safety

Clinical Trials: www.clinicaltrials.gov & https://www.fda.gov/consumers/minority-health/minorities-clinical-trials

Drug Disposal: www.fda.gov/drugdisposal

Drug Education:  https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-information-consumers/educational-resources-alphabetical-list and https://www.fda.gov/drugs/resources-you/educational-resources-ensuring-safe-use-medicine (PowerPoints, Posters, PSAs, Brochures)

Drug Labels: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/daf/ & https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/

Drug Information - Healthcare Providers - https://www.fda.gov/drugs/resources-you/information-healthcare-professionals-drugs

FDA Drug Safety Podcasts: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/DrugSafetyPodcasts/default.htm

Medicines in My Home: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/understanding-over-counter-medicines/medicines-my-home-mimh - teacher’s kit for safe use of over-the-counter medicines (*)

MedWatch: https://www.fda.gov/safety/medwatch-fda-safety-information-and-adverse-event-reporting-program - to report adverse reactions

Opioids: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/information-drug-class/opioid-medications & www.fda.gov/removetherisk

Patient Engagement: https://www.fda.gov/patients

Pill Identification: https://pillbox.nlm.nih.gov/index.html

Safe Medication Use: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/womens-health-topics/medication-safety-women

https://www.fda.gov/consumers/free-publications-women/spanish-publications (Spanish language) (*)

Dietary Supplements

General: https://www.fda.gov/food/dietary-supplements & https://ods.od.nih.gov/HealthInformation/healthprofessional.aspx

Research database: http://ods.od.nih.gov/research/cards_database.aspx

NIH (Medline Plus): nccam.nih.gov

RX-Supplement Interactions: http://www.pharmacy.ca.gov/publications/herbals.pdf 

Health Fraud

Health Scams: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/protecting-yourself/health-fraud-scams

To report fraud: https://www.fda.gov/safety/report-problem/reporting-unlawful-sales-medical-products-internet

Tobacco Education: https://www.fda.gov/tobacco-products/public-health-education

Women: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-information-audience/women

College Women: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/take-time-care-program/college-womens-health

Pregnant Women: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/womens-health-topics/pregnancy

Order Publications/E-mail Updates

Food Safety/Nutrition: https://epublication.fda.gov/epub/

Tobacco Posters: https://digitalmedia.hhs.gov/tobacco

Women’s Health: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/women/free-publications-women

E-mail Updates: https://www.fda.gov/about-fda/contact-fda/get-email-updates

JoAnn.Pittman@fda.hhs.gov Health Communications Specialist, FDA - Phone: (404) 630-7895

Contact Us

FDA: https://www.fda.gov/about-fda/contact-fda 

By Mail:  10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD  20993

Internet:  www.fda.gov

Phone:  1- 888-INFO-FDA, 1-888-463-6332

Report an emergency

  • If you are experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
  • To report an emergency involving food, drugs, medical devices, dietary supplements, or cosmetics, call 1-866-300-4374 or 1-301-796-8240.

Internet:  http://www.fda.gov/Safety/ReportaProblem/default.htm


Contacts to Other FDA Topic Areas 

TOPIC

CONTACT INFORMATION

Animal & Veterinary

Email: AskCVM@fda.hhs.gov

Biologics, Blood, and Vaccines

Email: cberwebmaster@fda.hhs.gov

Cosmetics

Email: cfsanweb@fda.hhs.gov

Tobacco Products

Email: AskCTP@fda.hhs.gov

Dockets & Federal Register Documents

Phone: 1-301-827-6860

Drugs

Email: druginfo@fda.hhs.gov

Foods

Email: cfsanweb@fda.hhs.gov

Medical Devices

Email: DICE@fda.hhs.gov

Radiation-Emitting Products

Email: DICE@fda.hhs.gov

All Other Topics

Email: webmail@oc.fda.gov