International position


With the aim at keeping the Brazilian regulatory framework up-to-date, as well as ensuring that the Brazilian context is included in the process of preparing the international references that will guide health regulation worldwide, Anvisa participates in the main forums for discussion and regulation of products and services subject to health regulation.

Anvisa's participation in bilateral, regional and international negotiations and regulatory convergence initiatives promotes the use existing international tools to assist the Agency in its role of regulating, monitoring and supervising products subject to health regulation. These activities aim at avoiding duplication of efforts and making the better use of available resources, with a focus not only on health protection and promotion, but also on the national economic development.

Anvisa is also an important player in Brazilian technical cooperation efforts. Technical cooperation in health regulation is an effective instrument for strengthening the regulatory capacities of all parties involved, promoting the exchange of experiences and the use of best regulatory practices carried out by different health authorities.

These are some of the main recent international achievements by Anvisa:

2016:    Becomes a member of the International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH)

2015:    Controls performed by Anvisa for pharmaceutical ingredients are recognized as equivalent to those of the European Community

                          Becomes member of International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR)

2012:    Co-founds the International Medical Device Regulators Forum(IMDRF)

             2010:    Meets all the necessary criteria to be recognized as a Regulatory Authority of Regional  Reference (NRArr) by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)