The Food and Drug Directorate was responsible for administering and enforcing compliance with the provisions of the Food and Drug Act, the Narcotic Control Act, the Proprietary or Patent Medicine Act and all associated subsidiary federal legislation, regulations, and rules. As a whole, the Directorate was comprised of six major units, with one of these units, the Bureau of Operations, responsible for the enforcement of Parts I and II of the Food and Drugs Act as well as the Proprietary or Patent Medicine Act.
In order to ensure that drugs reaching the market place complied with the Food and Drug Regulations, the Directorate embarked on an extensive regulatory program with the intention of obligating all drug manufactures to conform with the regulatory requirements. Those firms discovered to be below appropriate standards were advised to either bring their operation into full compliance or face possible legal action.
The records in this accession include central registry files maintained by the Directorate dealing with such subjects as clinical chemistry methods, antibiotics diseases, polio vaccines, and biological standardization. Included also are reports, statistics, and enquiries of the Directorate in addition to its committees, boards, commissions, and councils minutes. Finally, the bulk of the documentation comprises licensing and inspection case files of national and international laboratories and pharmaceutical companies undertaken by the Directorate as part of its on-going inspection responsibilities.