The Food and Drug Administration: Definition, History & Purpose


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In what year was the FDA established?

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1. What objective was NOT served by the Biological Control Act of 1902?

2. Why was Harvey Wiley so important to the mission of the FDA?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States is charged with regulating many products, and the worksheet and quiz are written to assess how much you know about the history and purpose of the FDA. The questions will quiz you on important FDA objectives as well as facts about the founding of the agency.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the quiz, you will be assessed on these key concepts:

  • The supervision of drug production
  • The goals of Biological Control Act of 1902
  • When the FDA was formed
  • The role of Harvey Wiley

Skills Practiced

The worksheet and quiz combination can assist you in improving these key skill sets:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about the purpose and history of the FDA from the related lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts about the purpose of the FDA to examine information about FDA regulations to determine if they are accurate
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the founding of the FDA
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the Biological Control Act of 1902

Additional Learning

Learn more about the FDA by checking out the accompanying lesson called The Food and Drug Administration: Definition, History, & Purpose. You will cover these important objectives during your review of the lesson:

  • Learn under which governmental agency is in charge of the FDA
  • Identify the four directorates within the FDA
  • Understand the key role played by Lewis Caleb Beck in the creation of the FDA
  • Learn how the FDA helps people with rare diseases
  • Know the power the FDA has over companies who do not meet the safety requirements set by the FDA