FDA Regulations TT103
Published on May 8, 2014

FDA Regulations - Tech Talk 103

Water Conditioners and Aquaculture

If you are involved with the production of aquatic organisms, at some point you will probably need to add one or more chemicals to your water. Finding and using the correct chemicals according to the labeled instructions is very important. You must always abide by the local, state and federal regulations that apply to your specific applications. Situations where organisms for human consumption are concerned require special consideration in the United States. Certain high regulatory priority drugs are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used only under very specific circumstances. It is always advisable to seek the current regulatory status of each chemical before use, as the previous status is subject to change.

Chemicals that are typically used as water conditioners (even ice) also have a regulatory status. These chemicals are determined by the FDA to be low regulatory priority aquaculture drugs because they have no significant animal or human drug uses.

Both therapeutic and non-therapeutic chemicals have very specific requirements regarding their usage. We recommend that you conduct a thorough investigation into the regulatory status of the products you intend to use and then keep a complete log of the purchase and usage of these chemicals.

For more information about specific regulations, contact the FDA.

Food and Drug Administration
Center for Veterinary Medicine Communications Staff
7519 Standish Place, HFV-12
Rockville, Maryland 20855