Regulatory Bodies
This page provides links to institutions that regulate scientific research and the design, use, and transfer of technologies.

  • Let your voice be heard in the federal rule making process! Visit to access federal rules and comment on them.
  • See the US Government Manual, which provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It also includes information on quasi-official agencies, international organizations in which the United States participates, and boards, commissions, and committees. This is a resource provided by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR).
  • For more on the US government and science and technology click here.
  • Good places to browse for information about the US government's involvement in science and technology are FedWorld and, a catalogue of government science and technology websites.
  • Visit the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for research on federal expenditures.
Biomedical Science and Technology

Biosafety and Biohazards:
Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC)
Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs)
Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA)

Human Subjects Research:
FDA Guidelines for Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)
Belmont Report
Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP)
World Medical Association

Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Environment, Agriculture, and Energy
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
US Department of the Interior (DOI)
Bureau of Reclamation
Fish and Wildlife Service
National Park Service
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Land Management
Minerals Management Service
Office of Surface Mining
US Department of Agriculture
Forest Service
Other agencies in the USDA
US Department of Energy (DOE)

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
U.S. Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB)

Finance, Business, and Trade
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)