Are the products you use really ‘FDA approved’?

FDA Approved While marketers often tout their products as being “FDA approved,” how can you know for sure whether that claim is true?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t approve companies, nor does it “endorse any private organization, product or service.” You might not find “FDA approved” on a label because products aren’t required to use it. Not all products have “premarket approval,” which refers to the process by which the FDA reviews products for safety and effectiveness before they’re sold. Congress decides which products must be approved before they can reach the market. For other products, it gives the FDA broad regulatory authority over products so the agency can take them off the market, if necessary.

Products, including new human and animal drugs, vaccines, blood products, complex medical devices and infant formula, must be approved by the FDA before they can be sold. The agency also approves new food and color additives before they can be used in foods. Other products, such as cosmetics and dietary supplements, can be sold without the agency’s approval.

If you have questions about products that claim to be FDA approved, visit the FDA’s website where you can find links to product approvals, product recalls
or report a problem.