U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Food and Drug Administration
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER)
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)
Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH)
Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM)
Office of the Commissioner (OC)

First published June 12th, 2018


This guidance provides information for firms about how FDA evaluates firms’ medical product
communications that fall within the scope of FDA’s regulatory authority (product communications) and that present information not contained in the FDA-required labeling for the product but that may be consistent with the FDA-required labeling for the product. For the purposes of this guidance and as further explained in section III, information that is consistent with the FDA-required labeling is limited to information about the approved or cleared uses of a product. The term FDA-required labeling as used in this guidance includes the labeling reviewed and approved by FDA as part of the medical product marketing application review process. For products not subject to premarket approval, but instead subject to premarket notification (510(k)) requirements or exempt from premarket review, the term FDA-required labeling includes the labeling that provides adequate directions for use and other information required to appear on the label or in labeling.

FDA is providing this guidance to address frequently asked questions concerning this topic.

In general, FDA’s guidance documents do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities. Instead, guidances describe the Agency’s current thinking on a topic and should be viewed only as recommendations, unless specific regulatory or statutory requirements are cited. The use of the word should in Agency guidances means that something is suggested or recommended, but not required.

Read the full text here.