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Food and Drug Administration

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This is a Glossary page for the RPS Project

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the United States Regulatory Authority that controls the manufacture, quality and distribution of drugs, biological medical products, medical devices, foods, dietary supplements, vaccines, blood products, veterinary products and cosmetics. It is a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The FDA is one of the four regulatory members of the International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH), along with the European Medicines Agency (EMEA), the European Commission and the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW).

FDA is the sponsor of the HL7 RPS Project.

Food and Drug Administration Organization

The U.S. FDA consists of the following major subdivisions:

The Office of the Commissioner

The commissioner is a presidential appointment. Currently, the commissioner is Andrew von Eschenbach.

Center for Drugs Evaluation and Review (CDER)


Center for Biologics Evaluation and Review (CBER)


Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)


Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM)


Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH)


National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR)


Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA)


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