FDA: Food and Drug Administration

The FDA, or the Food and Drug Administration, is the USA equivalent to the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

The FDA is a federal agency in the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Responsible for ensuring the safety of drugs, medicines, dietary supplements, medical devices, food supply, and biological products, the FDA is designed to protect public health by controlling and supervising the availability and approval of these products. 


What is the UK equivalent of the FDA?


The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) serves a similar purpose to the FDA in the UK. It is responsible for overseeing the safety, quality, and effectiveness of medicines and medical devices in the UK market. Like the FDA, the MHRA conducts inspections and enforces regulations to ensure that products meet standards for safety and efficacy.


What did the MHRA used to be called?


The MHRA was established in April 2003 after two entities merged - the Medicines Control Agency (MCA) which was the regulatory body overseeing medicines in the UK, and the Medical Devices Agency (MDA) which oversaw the regulation and safety of medical devices.

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