Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law Research Guide

This research guide assists with research in food, drug, and cosmetic law, in particular federal law arising since the 1938 Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and subsequent regulations.


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This guide is designed to provide an introduction to researching the area of Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law, and focuses heavily on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (e.g., regulations, guidance, administrative decisions), the administrative agency primarily tasked with enforcing food, drug, and cosmetic law and regulations. The FDA is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services and consists of the Office of the Commissioner and four directorates overseeing the core functions of the agency: Medical Products and Tobacco, Foods, Global Regulatory Operations and Policy, and Operations.

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Update History

Updated 6/2014 (SG)
Updated 8/2023 (MK)