The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.
The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.
FDA Regulatory Overview Further information about the regulatory power of the FDA can be found at these links:
Legislation The Food and Drugs Act of 1906 and other congressional milestones are presented in this section.
Rules & Regulations Rules and regulations help FDA ensure that regulated products are safe and effective.
Guidances Guidances represent FDA's current thinking on a topic. They do not create/confer rights or bind FDA or the public.
Dockets Management Dockets management serves as the official repository for the administrative proceedings and rule-making documents for FDA.
About the Center for Devices and Radiological Health
FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) is responsible for regulating firms who manufacture, repackage, relabel, and/or import medical devices sold in the United States. In addition, CDRH regulates radiation-emitting electronic products (medical and non-medical) such as lasers, x-ray systems, ultrasound equipment, microwave ovens and color televisions. It is under this center that dental devices are regulated. Examples of regulated dental devices inlcude dental handpieces, dental chairs and accessories, and dental curing lights.
The FDA is encouraging dental professionals to make a simple and economic switch to "faster" X-ray film to further reduce your radiation exposure.This article explains how they can do it.
ADA / FDA Guide to Patient Selection for Dental Radiographs
The Office of Communication, Education, and Radiation Programs (OCER) in conjunction with the American Dental Association has updated the 1987 FDA publication The Selection of Patients for X-Ray Examinations: Dental Radiographic Examinations. The recommendations in this updated document provide the dentist with a strategy for ordering x-ray examinations for patients seeking treatment while at the same time minimizing radiation exposure.
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