U.S. Food and Drug Administration and American Dental Association: Ensuring Oral Care Product Safety for the Public

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration and American Dental Association: Ensuring Oral Care Product Safety for the Public.

In every developed and developing country where healthcare products are sold, there is a regulatory agency in place to oversee product safety and the emergence of new products. An effective medicines regulatory authority (MRA) is a crucial part of a reliable health and supply system.1 The MRA in the United States is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Founded more than 150 years ago, the American Dental Association (ADA) is the nation’s largest dental association, advocating on behalf of its more than 150,000 members. The ADA, an independent body, is the leading source of oral health related product information for dentists and their patients, and devotes their time and resources to determining if an over-the counter dental product is safe and effective using current testing and evaluation techniques.

This article looks at the important work being done by both the FDA and the ADA to ensure the initial and on-going safety and efficacy of dental products, allowing oral care professionals to recommend these products with the utmost confidence.

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1. Gray A. Access to Medicines and Drug Regulation in Developing Countries: A Resource Guide for Department for International Development (DFID). DFID Health Systems Resource Centre, London, 2004.