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
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
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
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
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/
NIH Portion Distortion http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan/eat-right/portion-distortion.htm PowerPoint to illustrate increased portion size (*)
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
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 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
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) (*)
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
Tobacco Education: https://www.fda.gov/tobacco-products/public-health-education
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
By Mail: 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993
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.
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