FDA's Role in Public Health:
Drug Efficacy, Safety, Quality, and Beyond

Continuing Education Credit for this activity is no longer available.

About this site:

This activity is supported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through a contract from the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and FDA's privacy policies apply while you are on this site.

Target Audience:

The target audience for this course is health care professionals, including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians.


This activity will educate a national audience of health care providers about the basics of the FDA drug regulatory process and the science that supports this mission in CDER. It will also educate the nation's health care providers about their role in communicating drug information to their patients.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe and explain the drug development and assessment process in the United States for new drugs, therapeutic biologic drugs, generic drugs, biosimilars and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.
  • Outline CDER's role in post-marketing safety surveillance for medical products.
  • Identify ways CDER disseminates safety information to both health care professionals and their patients.
  • Describe CDER initiatives and commitments for the protection of public health.

Acknowledgement of Financial Commercial Support:

No commercial support was received for this educational activity.

Acknowledgement of In-Kind Commercial Support:

No in-kind commercial support was received for this educational activity.

Disclosure Information

The following table of disclosure information is provided to learners and contains the relevant financial relationships that each individual in a position to control the content of the course. All of these relationships were treated as a conflict of interest and have been resolved. (C7 SCS 6.1--6.2, 6.5).

All individuals in a position to control the content of the course are listed below and had no relevant financial relationship to disclose.

First NameLast NameDisclosure
ElaineFrostNothing to disclose
MaryKremznerNothing to disclose
RenuLalNothing to disclose
RachelShawNothing to disclose
VictoriaWilsonNothing to disclose

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Technical Requirements and Instructions:

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