U.S. Food and Drug Administration

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Date Founded



10903 New Hampshire Avenue,Silver Spring, MD 20993

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Employees (Worldwide)

10K - 1M


Human Resources & Personnel Services
Internet Software & Services
Other Business & Consulting Services
IT Consulting & Services
Holding Companies
Personal Products
Hospitals & Patient Services
Consumer Services
Medical Support Services

Company Description

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA) is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of the United States federal executive departments. The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs (medications), vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, blood transfusions, medical devices, electromagnetic radiation emitting devices (ERED), and veterinary products. The FDA also enforces other laws, notably Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act and associated regulations, many of which are not directly related to food or drugs. These include sanitation requirements on interstate travel and control of disease on products ranging from certain household pets to sperm donation for assisted reproduction. The FDA is led by the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Commissioner reports to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The 21st and current Commissioner is Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg. She has served as Commissioner since May 2009. The FDA has its headquarters in unincorporated White Oak, Maryland. The agency also has 223 field offices and 13 laboratories located throughout the 50 states, the United States Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. In 2008, the FDA started opening offices in foreign countries, including China, India, Costa Rica, Chile, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. In June 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed into law the Food and Drug Act, also known as the "Wiley Act" after its chief advocate Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley who riveted the country's and eventually congress's attention with public hygiene demonstrations. This act was the basis for the modern USFDA, being originally given the name of the Food, Drug, and Insecticide organization. The name eventually was shortened to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a few years later.

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Former Chief Executive Officer at Old Second Bancorp, Inc.

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Chair, Medicine at NYU Elaine A. & Kenneth G. Langone Medical Center


Dean, Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University


Former Dean, Atkinson Grad School at Willamette University

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