COFEPRIS promotes regulatory cooperation in the Americas

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During the 60th Executive Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) held in Washington, DC, USA, on 25–28 September 2023, Alejandro Svarch Pérez, Head of the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS), on behalf of the Mexican government, emphasized the need to strengthen healthcare systems based on primary care.

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This event brought together Health Ministers and leaders from countries in the Americas with the aim of discussing strategies, decisions, and policies to strengthen healthcare personnel, prevent and control non-communicable diseases in children and young people, as well as improve mental health and suicide prevention following the COVID-19 pandemic, among other critical public health issues.

According to Svarch Pérez, ‘We agree on the utmost importance of strengthening healthcare systems based on primary care, following the spirit of Alma-Ata’.

The Alma-Ata Declaration on Primary Health Care emerged from the meeting held in 1978, where health was recognized as a human right, and the goal of achieving health for all by the year 2000 was established.

Svarch Pérez emphasized that intersectoral work guided by the sole objective of safeguarding the health of the Mexican population has allowed progress in necessary regulatory aspects. He also highlighted that, ‘It is imperative to strengthen the synergy among the regulatory authorities in the Americas. The Mexican Ministry of Health, through COFEPRIS, in close collaboration with sister countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Cuba, and with the support of the PAHO, is in the process of establishing the Regional School of Health Regulation to consolidate a space for academic teaching and exchange of experiences on regulatory sciences that will allow us to advance towards health sovereignty.’

In this context, the leader of COFEPRIS reaffirmed Mexico's faith in Jarbas Barbosa da Silva's leadership at the helm of the PAHO, with the aim of promoting collaboration between countries to enhance public health in the region.

It is worth noting that the development of biological and biotechnological products in Latin America is very diverse due to the specificities related to various factors such as cultural, economic, political, and regulatory factors. Therefore, each Latin American country has a unique market and regulatory landscape [1].

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Reference
1. GaBI Online - Generics and Biosimilars Initiative. Regulation of the registration of biological drugs in Latin America[www.gabionline.net]. Mol, Belgium: Pro Pharma Communications International; [cited 2023 Dec 12]. Available from:
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