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Strengthening the Regulatory Capacity of the National Health Surveillance Agency

Grant number: 23/14263-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): February 10, 2024
Effective date (End): July 29, 2024
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Administration - Public Administration
Principal Investigator:Elize Massard da Fonseca
Grantee:Vitória Lopes de Oliveira Silva
Supervisor: Pedro Miguel Dias Costa Coutinho Magalhaes
Host Institution: Escola de Administração de Empresas (EAESP). Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal  
Associated to the scholarship:22/16435-5 - Reforming health surveillance in Brazil, BP.MS


Considering that the objective of the master's project is to analyze the process of strengthening the regulatory capacity of the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), currently recognized as the leading agency for drug regulation in Latin America, this research internship abroad aims to advance in the conceptual framework and data analysis. Specifically, the international internship will seek to enhance the analytical framework to understand the relationship between the independent regulatory agency, international institutions, and the regulated sector. Contact with Professors Pedro Magalhães and Luis de Sousa's framework and professors from the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon will contribute to the analysis and interpretation of the data, considering explanatory arguments that include the choices of an independent bureaucracy, the potential capture of the regulatory process by private interests, or even adherence to international forums. The master's research uses a qualitative methodology and, process tracing technique, to analyze the institutionalization of Anvisa from a longitudinal perspective. The internship will also provide an opportunity to explore Portuguese and European pharmaceutical regulation, which has served as a model for Anvisa's decisions.

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