Cofepris becomes controlled by Hugo López-Gatell

As of August 20, 13 administrative units will be in charge of the Undersecretariat of Prevention and Health Promotion, including the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) and the National Commission against Addictions.

The Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) published this Wednesday the agreement by which The administrative units and decentralized bodies of the Ministry of Health (Ssa) are organically assigned.

The Ministry of Health issued an agreement on August 18, in which it was indicated that From now on, the various decentralized units and bodies will report to the head of the Secretariat, Jorge Alcocer, and to the Undersecretary of Health Promotion and Prevention, Hugo López Gatell.

In the evening edition it was detailed that eThe agreement will enter into force tomorrow; López Gatell will be in charge of 13 administrative units. The agreement is as follows:

To the head of the Secretariat:

To the Head of the Undersecretariat of Prevention and Health Promotion:

The head of the Administration and Finance Unit will be in charge of six offices, that of the Coordinating Commission of National Institutes of Health and High Specialty Hospitals 4 units, as well as the head of the Economic Analysis Unit.

Health regulation does not disappear: López-Gatell

Regarding this news, Hugo López-Gatell assured that health regulation will not disappear but will be strengthened.

“There are many indications over many years that the quality of health regulation in Mexico is limited (…),” he added.

López-Gatell assured that there have been omissions in sanitary regulation since products have been authorized , which compared to standards from other countries, are not safe.

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Added to this, López-Gatell exposed serious omissions in environmental regulation: “in fact there is very poor environmental health capacity.”

The official added that these changes are made at the instruction of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The Undersecretariat, López-Gatell explained, was assigned the task of facilitating the restructuring process of Cofepris, an objective of the Sectorial Health Program, published last Monday.

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