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division of food, drug, and cannabis safety (DFDCS)

The Division of Food, Drug, and Cannabis Safety (DFDCS) protects and improves the health of all Californians by assuring the safety of foods, drugs, medical devices, and manufactured cannabis products through investigation, inspection, and control of the sources of these products. DFDCS is comprised of the Food and Drug Branch, the Food and Drug Laboratory Branch, and the Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety.

Division of Food, Drug, and Cannabis Safety Organizational Chart

Food and Drug Branch

The Food and Drug Branch (FDB) assures that food, drugs, and medical devices are safe and not adulterated, misbranded nor falsely advertised, and that drugs and medical devices are effective. FDB also conducts underage tobacco enforcement activities.  FDB works in conjunction with the Food and Drug Laboratory Branch (FDLB) to ensure proper analysis throughout the state and uses FDLB's test results to assess public health concerns.

Food and Drug Laboratory Branch

The Food and Drug Laboratory Branch provides services and leadership as a public health reference and research laboratory. To ensure the safety of all Californians, FDLB provides the necessary analytical support to screen for, identify, and quantify chemical and microbiological contaminants in food, drugs, and manufactured cannabis. FDLB also provides regulatory services for substances of abuse laboratories. All laboratory activities implement and support legislatively-mandated programs.  

Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety

The Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety (OMCS) was created by the enactment of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act of 2015. OMCS is currently developing statewide standards, regulations, and licensing procedures, and is addressing policy issues in support of cannabis manufacturers. OMCS will be responsible for issuing licenses to manufacturers of cannabis products beginning January 1, 2018.


Contact Us! 

(916) 440-7880


Mailing Address

California Department of Public Health

Division of Food, Drug, and Cannabis Safety

MS 7600

PO Box 997377

Sacramento CA 95899-7377


Physical Address

1500 Capitol Ave, 5th Floor

Sacramento, CA 95814



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