National Sanitary Surveillance Agency

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Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency
Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária
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Agency overview
Formed26 January 1999
JurisdictionFederative Republic of Brazil
HeadquartersBrasília, Brazil
Employees2206[1]
Annual budgetR$ 3.261.331.118.216,00 (2019) [2]
Agency executive
  • William Dib[3], President-Director
Websitehttp://www.anvisa.gov.br

Brazilian Health Regulatory 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 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. It is administered by a five-member collegiate board of directors,[4] who oversee five thematic directorates, assisted by a five-tier oversight structure.[5] Since September 2018 the agency is headed by William Dib.[3]

Pesticide approvals[edit]

Brazil is the world's largest consumer of pesticides.[6][7] These pesticides are primarily used in the production of soy and corn.[6] The number of approved pesticides increased "rapidly" between 2015 and 2019.[7] RT reported in 2019 that ANVISA had relaxed pesticide regulations and that the approval process had been accelerated as within the first seven months of the year 262 new pesticides were approved, 82 of them classified as "extremely toxic".[8] Teresa Cristina, the agriculture minister, noted that "there is no general liberation" of new pesticide registrations and no reason for concern when pesticides are used as instructed.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Portal da Transparência
  2. ^ http://www.portaldatransparencia.gov.br/download-de-dados/orcamento-despesa
  3. ^ a b Dib é empossado como diretor-presidente da Anvisa
  4. ^ "Sanitary Surveillance's official website in English". Archived from the original on 2013-02-16.
  5. ^ "ORGANOGRAMA". ANVISA. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  6. ^ a b Jenny Gonzales (February 20, 2018). "Brazil's fundamental pesticide law under attack". Mongabay. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Sue Bradford, Thais Borges (May 3, 2019). "Brazil's Bolsonaro Green-Lights 150+ Pesticides This Year". EcoWatch. Retrieved July 30, 2019.
  8. ^ "Brazil's toxic pesticides 'affecting people all over the world". RT. July 30, 2019. Retrieved July 30, 2019.