Consumer Services Guide (CSG)

Consumer Action Edition

The Consumer Services Guide is searchable directory of resources which can help you with consumer problems and questions. There are multiple editions of the ‘Guide’, some which deal with specific issues such as housing or credit. The full directory, the Consumer Service Guide Edition, provides access to all the resources collected by Consumer Action.


Records Found: 52

    Health, Diet and Fitness

  • Families USA
    The organization is committed to comprehensive reform of health and long-term care and works to educate and mobilize consumers on those issues. It has two grass roots advocacy networks - asap! and HealthLink USA - and develops and distributes publications as well.

  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA), (HHS)
    The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public…

  • Healthfinder
    Clearinghouse of information on health topics compiled by health agencies and other reputable sources.

  • Hearing Industries Association
    The Hearing Industries Association (HIA) was formed in 1955 and serves as a forum for hearing aid manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and hearing health professionals. Our members are responsible for the majority of the over 3 million hearing aids that are purchased in the United States on an annual basis.

  • National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE)
    The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) is the principal testing agency for the chiropractic profession. Established in 1963, the NBCE develops and administers standardized national examinations according to established guidelines. Among the benefits of the NBCE exams are: * promoting high standards of competence * assisting state licensing agencies in assessing competence * facilitating the licensure of incoming practitioners * enhancing professional credibility

  • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
    The National Cancer Institute coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients. Specifically, the Institute: * Supports and coordinates research projects conducted by universities, hospitals, research foundations, and businesses…

  • National Health Information Center (NHIC)
    A health information referral services which links consumers and health professionals who have health questions with organizations best able to provide answers.

  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Information, resources, and free publications relating to allergies and infectious diseases.

  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA)
    NIFA is one of four USDA agencies that make up its Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area. The other three agencies include: Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Economics Research Service (ERS), and National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The USDA-REE agencies provide federal leadership in creating and disseminating knowledge spanning the biological, physical, and social sciences related to agricultural research, economic analysis, statistics, extension, and higher…

  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
    The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure.

  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
    NIDCD is a division of the National Institutes of Health. Site features information on a number of communication disorders, with updates on research being done on these disorders.

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    NIH is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the Nation. Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.

  • National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
    News and information about rare disorders. Includes three searchable databases, information about treatment drugs and links to support groups.

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Dept. of Labor
    A division of the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA regulates health and safety in the workplace. This site offers information, tips and fact sheets about workplace safety, including information on ergonomics.

  • Physical Therapy Board of California
    The Board is a California State government agency, which licenses and disciplines physical therapist and physical therapist assistants. The Board provides three principal types of consumer services: verifies education and background prior to licensure, information about physical therapist and physical therapist assistants, and investigation of complaints against physical therapist and physical therapist assistants.

  • Physician Assistant Committee, California Dept. of Consumer Affairs
    The Physician Assistant Board of the Medical Board of California serves and protects consumers of California through licensing, approving physician assistant training programs, and enforcement of the laws governing the Physician Assistant Practice Act. Physician Assistants are highly skilled professions who, under the supervision of a physician and surgeon, provide patient services ranging from primary medicine to very specialized surgical care.

  • President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, (HHS)
    The President’s Council engages, educates, and empowers all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. The President’s Council is made up of athletes, chefs, physicians, fitness professionals, and educators who are appointed by the President and serve in an advisory capacity through the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

  • Public Citizen
    Consumer advocacy group that supports citizens’ rights concerning health, safety and good government. Organization includes Buyers Up, Congress Watch, Critical Mass, Health Research Group and Litigation Group.

  • San Francisco Medical Society (SFMS)
    The San Francisco Medical Society is a nonprofit organization that advocates for physician and patient rights, unites physicians of all specialties to create a solid local medical community, and works to improve the health of all San Franciscans by providing support and education to physicians and patients. Contact them about complaints regarding medical services received from doctors, questions about ethics and insurance problems. They provides…

  • Seafood Inspection Program
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) oversees fisheries management in the United States, and through the 1946 Agricultural Marketing Act, provides a voluntary inspection service to the industry. The NOAA Seafood Inspection Program offers a variety of professional inspection services which assure compliance with all applicable food regulations. In addition, product quality evaluation, grading and certification services on a product lot basis are also…

  • Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board
    The mission of the Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology & Hearing Aid Dispensers Board is to protect the consumer by requiring adherence to statutes and regulations designed to ensure the qualifications and competency of providers of speech-language pathology and audiology services. The SLPAB is an agency within the California Department of Consumer Affairs. This board receives complaints against speech-language pathologists or audiologists.

  • Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB)
    A division of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, SPCB licenses and regulates pest control operators in the state of California. Use this site to verify licenses of pest control professionals and to find consumer information about pest control. The Structural Pest Control Board’s highest priority is to protect and benefit the public by regulating the pest control industry. The Structural Pest Control Board will…

  • The Saban Free Clinic
    The Saban Community Clinic in collaboration with strategic partners, provides dependable and affordable quality health care and human services in a caring environment for the underserved and those who are most vulnerable.

  • USDA - Meat and Poultry Hotline
    The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline can answer your food safety questions. This toll-free telephone service, which began July 1, 1985, helps prevent foodborne illness By phone or on the Web, answers to your questions on... * Safe food storage, handling, preparation * Product dating * Product content * Power outages and much more! See Also: * USDA Hotline: A Food Safety Resource for Millions…

  • USDA Office of Communications
    Office of Communications provides leadership, expertise, counsel, and coordination for the development of communications strategies which are vital to the overall formulation, awareness and acceptance of U.S. Department of Agriculture programs and policies, and serves as the principal USDA contact point for the dissemination of consistent, timely information.


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