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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U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Food and Drug Administration

The FDA's website provides news and regulatory updates on all the areas overseen by regulations, divided topically:

FDA Materials

FDA Enforcement Reports

All recalls monitored by the FDA are included in the weekly Enforcement Reports once they are classified according to the level of hazard involved.

FDA Guidance Documents

Guidance documents represent the FDA's current thinking on a topic.


Codified federal regulations on food, drugs, and cosmetics can be found in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Where to Find Federal Regulations

For a guide to the federal executive-branch regulatory process and the process of conducting federal administrative law research in general, see the Law Library's Administrative Law Research Guide.  Federal agencies' regulations appear in the following publications: