National Health Surveillance Agency

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The National Health Surveillance Agency (in Portuguese, Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária, ANVISA) is a regulatory body of the Brazilian government. It has a role similar to that of the FDA in the United States, is responsible for the regulation and approval of Pharmaceutical drugs, sanitary standards and regulation of the food industry.

It is "an independently administered, financially autonomous regulatory agency, with security of tenure for its directors during the period of their mandates. The Agency is managed by a Collegiate Board of Directors, comprised of five members." [1]


  1. ^ ANVISA's official website in English

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