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Government Documents - Department of Health & Human Services: Food and Drug Administration

Guide to U.S. Department of Health publications and those of its subsidiary agencies. Topics include diseases and conditions, vital statistics, health statistics, public health, and related matters.

About the agency

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), created in 1927, enforces the Food and Drugs Act of 1906 and related laws. Its functions were previously handled by the Bureau of Chemistry within the Department of Agriculture. FDA issues and enforces regulations related to food preparation, handling, and labeling; approves pharmaceuticals and regulates labeling; approves medical devices; regulates cosmetics; and regulates tobacco products, among its many areas of responsibility.

Our holdings

Prescription pills in a bottleGovernment Documents provides access to many FDA publications, including the following:

FDA consumer (HE 20.4010:) Articles about various consumer health-related topics.

FDA enforcement report (HE 20.4039:) Information on enforcement actions related to illegal activities.

We have current and superseded laws and regulations concerning food, drugs, cosmetics, and other areas regulated by the FDA. We also have Congressional publications related to the FDA's activities, budget, and other matters. 

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