FDA Begins Posting Adverse Event Report Data for Foods and Cosmetics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) will now post on a quarterly basis data extracted from adverse event reports, including conventional foods and dietary supplements, and cosmetics, in order to increase transparency and improve access to government data for consumers, health care providers, researchers and academics. The agency is also making available raw data files that can be downloaded in .csv format or through OpenFDA.gov as an application program interface (API).

The CFSAN Adverse Event Reporting System (CAERS) is one of the post-market surveillance tools that the FDA uses to monitor the safety of foods and cosmetic products. Adverse event reports related to conventional foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetics come primarily from consumers and health care providers: of these products, only dietary supplement manufacturers have a legal obligation to report adverse events to the agency.
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