Available Until 1/19/2028

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Website: An Overview for the Health Sciences Librarian


For more information or to schedule this course, please contact  Joanne Doucette <joanne.doucette@mcphs.edu>.

Finding different types of information about medications (shortages, safety, recalls, stages of approval and devices are not uncommon requests of health sciences librarians. The FDA is an extremely large government agency with broad regulatory authority and oversight of many products, and works closely with several other government agencies. The multiple large divisions within this agency can make searching the FDA’s website challenging. Attend this webinar to learn more about the FDA, and gain an understanding of where to find the databases of particular value to information professionals.

Learning Objectives

After completing this class, participants will be able to:

• List the core divisions and functions of the FDA

• Understand how to stay informed about/connected to the FDA utilizing email alerts, RSS feeds, and social media

• Identify links to regulatory communications from the FDA to researchers and industry

• Distinguish between three databases within the FDA website to quickly find information


Thursday, February 23, 2017
Eastern Time 
11:00 am – 11:05 am Welcome and introduction
11:05 am - 11:40 am	www.fda.gov - Database Searching –finding drugs, devices, biologics, cosmetics, food (Demo)
11:40 am - 11:50 am	Drug Approval Process (Case Study, Demo)
11:50 am – 11:55 am	Staying connected to the FDA (lecture, demo)
11:55 am – 12:00 am Q/A, Wrap-up, Evaluation

MLA CE Credits
: 1