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Why Are Coatings Termed "FDA Acceptable" or "FDA Compliant" and Not "FDA Approved"?

The FDA's (Food & Drug Administration) purpose in the US it to develop and enforce rules and regulations to protect the public in the fields of food, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices. Before a new drug or medical device is introduced, the manufacturer must demonstrate its efficacy to the FDA and, if it passes, it must be formally approved prior to its use.

However, you may be surprised to learn that the FDA does not have an approval process for nonstick coatings that come into direct contact with food. The FDA does not review the composition of the nonstick coatings before they enter the market, nor do they inspect, test, or approve them. What the FDA does provide is an exhaustive set of regulations which govern the formulation, manufacture, and use of nonstick coatings.

As a result, the onus of compliance to these regulations is placed on the manufacturers of nonstick coatings. Because it is the manufacturer that is responsible for complying with the regulations when producing a coating and not the FDA that approves a coating once it is manufactured, the correct terminology is that a coating is "FDA Compliant" or "FDA Acceptable", not "FDA Approved."

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