In an effort to improve safety in the US by working with regulatory partners overseas its, the FDA has announced the opening of a post in Mexico City—the agency’s third in Latin America.

Citing a large number of medical devices imported into the US from Mexico, FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, MD stressed the importance of mutual cooperation between the two countries.

"The opening of this office represents an important step as we re-design our product safety strategy,” she says. “Having FDA experts located permanently there will be mutually beneficial to both our countries and respective citizens."

FDA staff in Mexico City will work with the Mexican government to harmonize regulations and guidance standards. Specific collaborations may include information sharing on the respective regulatory systems and joint workshops on the safety of food and medical products.

To date, the FDA has opened 10 international posts, including posts in China, India, Europe, and Latin America.