HHS Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated to the Public. I. Agency Mission

10/01/2002

The Agency's mission, as defined in Section 406 of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Modernization Act of 1997, is as follows:

The Administration shall --

  1. promote the public health by promptly and efficiently reviewing clinical research and taking appropriate action on the marketing of regulated products in a timely manner;
     
  2. with respect to such products, protect the public health by ensuring that --
      1. foods are safe, wholesome, sanitary, and properly labeled;
      2. human and veterinary drugs are safe and effective;
      3. there is reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness of devices intended for human use;
      4. cosmetics are safe and properly labeled;
      5. public health and safety are protected from electronic product radiation; and
      6. when the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act became law on June 22, 2009, it gave FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products.
  3. participate through appropriate processes with representatives of other countries to reduce the burden of regulation, harmonize regulatory requirements, and achieve appropriate reciprocal arrangements; and
     
  4. as determined to be appropriate by the Secretary, carry out paragraphs (1) through (3) in consultation with experts in science, medicine, and public health, and in cooperation with consumers, users, manufacturers, importers, packers, distributors, and retailers of regulated products.