Food And Drug Administration
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation made available to the American public.
The establishment of an FDA Regional Office in Latin America is part of a larger Agency initiative that covers the globe including establishing offices in China, India, the Middle East and Europe.
Our Latin America regional headquarters is located in Costa Rica. We also have offices in Mexico City, Mexico and Santiago, Chile. The regional office covers all countries in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Our mission is to serve as a portal to facilitate information exchange, to provide easier access to regulations, guidance documents and to individuals who can answer questions about them. We also work closely with regulatory authorities, industry and academia on projects geared towards reaching the goal of safe food and effective and high quality medical products. Our mission also includes, finding ways to exchange information and leverage resources with our foreign counterparts, as well as identifying conditions within the region that have a direct impact on FDA regulated products that are exported to the U.S.