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Regulated Products


The FDA regulates a wide range of products, including foods (except for aspects of some meat, poultry and egg products, which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture); human and veterinary drugs; vaccines and other biological products; medical devices intended for human use; radiation-emitting electronic products; cosmetics; dietary supplements, and tobacco products.

Pie chart showing Percentage of Imported Lines by Commodity for Fiscal Year 2021

For a list of traditionally-recognized product categories that fall under FDA’s regulatory jurisdiction, please visit the What Does FDA Regulate? page.

To learn more about these products and their regulatory requirements please visit the following pages:

Regulated Product Find Information about:

Human Foods

Foods for human consumption, including dietary supplements, food and color additives, and food contact substances

Human Drugs

Active pharmaceutical ingredients and both prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) medications

Vaccines, Blood and Biologics

Biologic products such as human blood, blood donor screening tests, human tissue, embryos, human plasma, and medical devices for use in blood banking operations

Medical Devices

Medical devices such as bandages, contact lenses, first aid kits, pacemakers, and surgical instruments

Radiation-Emitting Electronic Products

Radiation-emitting products such as x-ray machines, microwave ovens, CD-ROMs, LEDs, and laser pointers


Cosmetic products such as shampoo, make-up, face creams, and eyelash extensions

Animal and Veterinary

Animal food and feed, including pet food, as well as veterinary medicines and devices

Tobacco Products

FDA-regulated tobacco products such as cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), cigars, and all other tobacco products

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