The Americas regulatory agencies accredited by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) as regional reference authorities -- ANMAT (Argentina), ANVISA (Brazil), INVIMA (Colombia), CECMED (Cuba), COFEPRIS (Mexico), Health Canada (Canada), and FDA (United States) -- met on December 14-15, 2016 in Washington, DC to discuss strengthening of the regulatory cooperation across the region.
The meeting agenda focused on the exchange of knowledge and experience on cooperation mechanisms, strategies for regulatory authorities, and planning actions for the empowerment of the regulatory system.
During the meeting, the Steering Committee of the Pan American Network for Drug Regulatory Harmonization (PANDRH), comprised of all the regions of the continent approved the following projects to be implemented in 2017:
Project: Network for sharing information in the Americas on global regulatory convergence initiatives. Proposed by ANVISA/Brazil, FDA/USA and HC/Canada.
Project: Non-prescription drugs: From the traditional model to new regulatory feedback scenarios. Proposed by ANMAT/Argentina, ANVISA/Brazil, INVIMA/Colombia and COFREPRIS/Mexico.
Project: Strengthening of regulatory capacity on medical devices in the Region of the Americas. Proposed by INVIMA/Colombia and CECMED/Cuba.