Improving Understanding of the FDA and FDA-Regulated Products


"We're now in a 24/7 sea of information without a user guide for people out there in society...This requires us to change the way we communicate."

--Robert M. Califf, MD
Commissioner of Food and Drugs 
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Health misinformation undermines people’s ability to make good health decisions. At the FDA Foundation, we are conducting research and consulting with experts and consumers to better understand health misinformation and identify steps the FDA and others can take to address it, especially around chronic disease. 

We released our report, Strategies for Improving Public Understanding of FDA-Regulated Products, during a virtual public meeting on October 5 where we highlighted our observations and actionable strategies to improve public understanding of the Agency and the products it regulates. 

Check It Before You Share It

You can help promote accurate information by using science-based sources such as FDA, NIH, and CDC. And if you see health information you’re not sure is accurate, check it before you share it. Here are some helpful resources:

FDA has launched a Rumor Control webpage to provide factual information to help people make informed decisions about their own health. The page also provides easy steps to help stop the spread of misinformation about science, medicine, and the FDA.

Visit FDA's Rumor Control
Visit FDA's Rumor Control site