The Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS), the Pharmacopeia of the United Mexican States (FEUM) and the United States of Pharmacopeia (USP) signed today a Memorandum of Understanding which will contribute to the development and strengthening of a bilateral cooperation framework through the implementation of projects and activities that have a positive impact on the development of the health sector.

The FEUM, with more than 170 years of existence, establishes with precision the general and specific analytical methods; as well as the specifications and all the requirements that must be met by the health supplies, with the aim of reducing to the minimum possible health risks among the population, supporting the safety efficacy and quality of the medicines and the materials used in their elaboration.

In the event held in the offices of FEUM, it was attended by the head of COFEPRIS, Julio Sánchez y Tépoz; the Executive Director of the FEUM, Norma Morales; and the Chief Executive Officer of USP, Ronald T. Piervincenzi. It is noteworthy that the organisms of both nations are on par with their scientific and technical standards, rated among the highest level in the world.

This Memorandum will allow collaboration in the development of public policies in both nations to protect the population from any health risk, including, among others, antimicrobial resistance and facilitate and increase access to safe, effective, efficient and high quality products.

Federal Commissioner Julio Sánchez y Tépoz highlighted the long history of relationship and cooperation between FEUM and USP, which dates back to 30 years, when in 1988 the exchange of information and official publications initiated, and it was institutionalized in 1999 when it was signed the first Memorandum of Understanding to know and learn about mutual scientific processes.

At the time, Ronald valued the signing of this memorandum, quoting that it will allow to continue working together to strengthen public policies that address the health problems of both nations, from the scientific field. He reported that in two years, USP will be 200 years old.