The Brazillian Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa) was created by Law 9782, enacted in 1999. It is a governmental regulatory agency characterized by its administrative independence, financial autonomy, and the stability of its directors. Anvisa is ruled by a Collegiate Board of Directors composed of five members.
In the federal public administrative structure, the agency is connected to the Ministry of Health, with whom a periodic management contract is signed.
Anvisa’s primary goal is to protect and promote public health, by exercising health surveillance over products and services, including processes, ingredients and technologies that pose any health risks.
The agency is also responsible for health control in ports, airports and borders, as well as for establishing relations with the Ministry of International Affairs and with foreign organisms and institutions to deal with international affairs regarding health surveillance.