National Health Surveillance Agency
The National Health Surveillance Agency (in Portuguese, Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária - ANVISA) 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.
- Regulation of therapeutic goods
- Epidemic Intelligence Service
- World Health Organization (WHO; United Nations)
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