A new tool from the Food and Drug Administration is useful for anyone wondering what this agency actually does. A web-based resource, FDA Basics uses webinars, videos and guides to explain in uncomplicated terms how the agency operates, makes decisions and the drug approval process. For example, click on Dietary Supplements and you’ll learn the regulatory differences between a supplement and a food.
Sure, the FDA is not always the best friend of the natural products industry, but this is a good resource for employees who simply need to know more about this daunting government powerhouse.
FDA Basics is the first phase of the agency’s Transparency Initiative launched under the Obama Administration’s commitment to making government more open.