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, [3] who oversee five thematic directorates, assisted by a five-tier oversight structure. [4]