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What is FDA?


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a federal government agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. FDA administers the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act (FFDCA), which is a law amended over time (beginning in 1906) that gives the U.S. federal government its authorities to regulate food, food additives, drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics.

The definitions of items regulated by the FDA are broad enough to encompass some Avery Dennison products and materials. For instance, the definition of food additive generally includes food and beverage packaging and other materials that come into contact with food and beverages. Medicals devices include not only technologically sophisticated items (e.g., pacemakers and radiation therapy equipment), but also simple items such as bandages and ice bags.

Other FDA-Regulated Products


FDA regulates product types beyond those addressed in the main categories of this Avery Dennison Central site. In addition to food and food packaging, drugs and biologics, medical devices, and cosmetics, FDA regulates:

  • Dietary supplements;
  • Pet food, veterinary products, and animal cloning; and
  • Radiation-emitting products.

Contact your business or corporate product compliance leader if you are unsure about how your particular product or material may be regulated.

The materials available and information provided at the Avery Dennison ADvantage: Complete Compliance site are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice.