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| 05 November 2012 | By Ansis Helmanis
Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) met on 31 October 2012 to discuss the potential impact of nanotechnology on various fields, including medicines and biology, and how the technology could be used to benefit the country's national strategic priorities on public health and industrial development.
The use of nanotechnology has been associated with potential risks to human health, and Anvisa regulators made clear that the agency sees its role as both a facilitator of innovation and a protector of public health.
According to Agenor Álvares, a director at Anvisa, "The [agency] must continually monitor technological advances related to health, and Anvisa … has an important role in implementing these innovations."
Participants at the meeting included the Department of the Secretary of Innovative Technology of the Ministry of Development, the Industry and Foreign Trade Ministry, the Department of Technology Development, and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation.
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