History of FDA

Events

FDA becomes established

1862

The oldest consumer protection agency in U.S. Federal government is established.

Harvey Wiley begins to make an impact

1901

Wiley, the chief chemist in the Division of Chemistry within the FDA, changed the direction of the FDA by studying the effect of chemical preservatives, potential hazards, and consumer safety.

USP and NF are formed

1906

The United States Pharmacopoeia and National Formulary are formed in response to the Wiley Act.

Pure Food and Drug Act

1906

This act allowed the FDA to investigate adulteration and the misuse of goods in food and drugs.

Supreme Court Case of 1912

1912

The Supreme Court rules that laws enforcing regulation of drugs did not apply to therapeutic claims that are false.

FDA changes its name

1927

The agency changes its name to Food, Drug, and Insecticide Administration.

Changing back to FDA

1930

The agency's name changes back to Food and Drug Administration.