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On October 16 and 17, 1996, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public meeting titled Promotion of FDA-Regulated Medical Products on the Internet to discuss issues related to the promotion of FDA-regulated medical products on the Internet.[1] The agency's objective was to receive broad public input and to hear various points of view and opinions on Internet issues from a discussion among interested persons. A discussion group format was used and covered the following topics: Investigational product information, chatrooms and newsgroups, and website links.

The FDA failed to issue any guidelines and subsequently halted all such work.


  1. See Promotion of FDA-Regulated Medical Products on the Internet, 61 Fed. Reg. 48707 (Sept. 16, 1996) (Docket FDA-2009-N-0441).

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