History of FDA

Evolution of FDA - the 1st 100 Years

FDA dates its origin to June 1906, when President Teddy Roosevelt signed the Food and Drugs Act and entrusted implementation of this law to the Bureau of Chemistry of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Bureau, the oldest U.S. consumer protection office, eventually became the FDA, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Over the years, FDA has provided Americans with increasingly comprehensive, science-based protections that ensure the highest quality of products essential for health and survival. Today, these products represent almost 25% of all consumer spending and include 80% of the national food supply and all human drugs, vaccines, medical devices, tissues for transplantation, equipment that emits radiation, cosmetics, and animal drugs and food. Additionally, in 2009, FDA was charged with implementing the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

The FDA website www.fda.gov/about-fda traces the history of the Agency during its first 100 years. The FDAAA was honored to cosponsor the FDA centennial observance held at the Harvey W. Wiley Federal Building in College Park, Maryland on June 30, 2006. See remarks given by FDAAA President, Anthony Celeste http://www.fdaaa.org/history_of_fda/CelesteCentennialRemarks.pdf

FDA Commissioners

Dr. Stephen M. Hahn

12/17/2019 - Present

Scott Gottlieb, M.D.

05/11/2017 - 04/05/2019

Robert M. Califf, M.D.

2/24/2016 - 1/20/2017

Margaret Hamburg, M.D.

5/22/2009 - 4/4/2015

Andrew C. von Esenbach, M.D.

12/13/2006 - 1/20/2009

Lester M. Crawford, D.V.M., Ph.D

7/18/2005 - 9/23/2005

Mark B. McClellan, M.D., Ph.D

11/14/2002 - 3/26/2004

Jane E. Henney, M.D.

1/17/1999 - 1/19/2001

David A. Kessler, M.D.

11/8/1990 - 2/28/1997

Frank E. Young, M.D., Ph.D

7/15/1984 - 12/17/1989

Arthur H. Hayes, M.D.

4/13/1981 - 9/1/1983

Jere E. Goyan, Ph.D

10/21/1979 - 1/20/1981

Donald Kennedy, Ph.D

4/4/1977 - 6/30/1979

Alexander M. Schmidt, Ph.D

7/20/1973 - 11/30/1976

Charles C. Edwards, M.D.

12/13/1969 - 3/15/1973

Herbert L. Ley, Jr., M.D.

7/1/1968 - 12/12/1969

James L. Goddard, M.D.

1/17/1966 - 7/1/1968

George P. Larrick

8/12/1954 - 12/27/1965

Charles W. Crawford

6/1/1951 - 7/31/1954

Paul B. Dunbar, Ph.D

5/6/1944 - 5/31/1951

Walter G. Campbell

7/16/1921 - 6/30/1924 & 7/1/1927 - 4/30/1944

Charles A. Browne

7/1/1924 - 6/30/1927

Carl L. Alsberg, M.D.

12/16/1912 - 7/15/1921

Harvey W. Wiley, M.D.

1/1/1907 - 3/15/1912