The National Health Surveillance Agency or ANVISA (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária) is the Brazilian regulatory agency that is responsible for the approval and supervision of food, cosmetics, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, health services, and medical devices, among others. The agency is connected to the Ministry of Health, which manages ANVISA through a management contract signed periodically.
Established in January 26, 1999, the agency is administratively and financially independent, being managed by a 5-member board of directors. The General Office of Medical Devices Technology is the ANVISA department that deals with medical devices.
Medical Device Associations in Brazil: