HHS Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated to the Public. IV. Types of Dissemination Methods


Transparency is one of the Agency's key goals. It is critical that our audience understand what we do, how we do what we do, and why we do something. Because our audience is so diverse, we use a variety of media to disseminate public health and safety information. Some examples are provided here:

  • Oral Presentations in public forums sponsored by FDA or outside parties, such as professional societies or trade associations (for example, the FDA Science Forum)
  • Internet (medical product approval packages; device summaries of safety and effectiveness; safety alerts; guidance documents; special issue papers, such as those on "Online Medicine Sales" and the "Agency's Bioterrorism Activities")
  • Federal Register (proposed and final rules; notices announcing the availability of guidances; meeting notices; other notices)
  • The public docket (citizen petitions and responses; transcripts of certain meetings; information about advisory committee meetings; public comments on guidances, regulations, and any other documents that publish in the Federal Register)
  • Videos (on the Internet and for dissemination to outside organizations and use in meetings and conferences. For example, "Science and our Food Supply: Investigating Food Safety from Farm to Table")
  • CD ROM (for example, Listeria monocytogenes draft risk assessment documents and models)
  • FDA's E-mail lists (see topics at www.fda.gov/emaillist.html)