National Sanitary Surveillance Agency

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National Sanitary Surveillance Agency (in Portuguese, Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária) is a regulatory body of the Brazilian government, created in 1999 during President Fernando Henrique Cardoso's term of office. 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.

The agency bills itself as "an independently administered, financially autonomous" regulatory body that offers "security of tenure" for its five-member Collegiate Board of Directors during their mandate periods.[1]


  1. ^ "Sanitary Surveillance's official website in English". Archived from the original on 2013-02-16. 

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