The Food and Drug Administration is an agency under the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines and more.
The FDA is led by the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, who is appointed by the President with input from the Senate. The Commissioner reports to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The 21st and current Commissioner is Dr. Margaret Hamburg, MD, who has been in this role since February 2009. The FDA is headquartered in White Oak, Md. and has 223 field offices and 13 laboratories in 50 states, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. In 2008, it began opening foreign offices in China, India, Costa Rica and more.