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Brazilian Government Entities


Below is a table of the 25 government entities and the sectors in which they are active, followed by a complete description of the authority and expertise of each and contact info.

ANAC National Civil Aviation Agency Civil Aviation; Airport and Aeronautics Infrastructure
ANCINE National Film Agency Film and Cinema; Audiovisuals
ANEEL National Electrical Power Agency Electrical Power
ANATEL National Telecommunications Agency Telecommunications
ANTAQ National Waterway Transportation Agency Waterway Transportation; Waterway and Port Infrastructure
ANTT National Ground Transportation Agency Ground Transportation; Highway and Railway Infrastructure; Pipelines
ANVISA National Health Surveillance Agency Pesticides; Toxicology; Foodstuffs; Cosmetics; Health Inspections; Tobacco Products; Pharmaceutical Inputs; Laboratories; Medications; Radioactive Products; Healthcare Products; Blood, Tissues and Organs; Radioisotopes; Health Services
ANP National Petroleum Agency Petroleum; Natural Gas; Biofuels
CNEN National Nuclear Energy Commission Nuclear Energy
CONTRAN National Traffic Council Traffic Legislation; Drivers’ Licenses; Issuance of Documents to Drivers; Registration and Licensing of Vehicles; Traffic Signals
DENATRAN National Traffic Department CONTRAN; Oversight of Traffic Legislation; Procedures for Issuance of Drivers’ Licenses and Documents, Registration and Vehicle Licensing
INMETRO Brazilian Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology Scientific and Industrial Metrology; Legal Metrology; Conformity Assessment; Accreditation; Technical Barriers
IBAMA Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources Preservation and Oversight of Natural Resources
MAPA Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply Supply; Food; Bioenergy; Agriculture; Livestock; Plants and Crops
Minc Ministry of Culture ANCINE; Cultural Expression; Letters; Arts; Folklore; National Historical, Archeological and Artistic Assets and Heritage
MD Ministry of Defense Armed Forces; National Defense; Intelligence; Controlled Products; Defense Industry Products
MJ Ministry of Justice and Citizenship Political Rights; Rights of Indians; Consumer Rights; Narcotics; Criminal Policies; Public Safety and Security; Human Trafficking; Political Amnesty; National Archives; Migration
MS Ministry of Health ANVISA; Promoting Health, Preventive Healthcare and Assistance
MCidades Ministry of the Cities Urban Development; Urban Transit; Housing; Sanitation
MCTIC Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications ANATEL; Broadcasting, Postal, and Telecommunications Services
MME Ministry of Mines and Energy ANEEL; ANP; Geology; Mineral Resources; Hydroelectric Power; Mining and Metallurgy; Petroleum; Natural Gas; Biofuels; Bioenergy; Electrical Power
MDIC Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services Inmetro; International Trade; Investment; Innovation;
MMA Ministry of the Environment IBAMA; Conservation; Preservation; Restoration of Environmental Biodiversity; Water Resources; Ecosystems
MTE Ministry of Labor and Social Security Employment; Income; Workplace Safety and Health
MTr Ministry Transport, Ports and Civil Aviation ANTT; Transportation via Railways, Highways and Waterways; Merchant Marine; Docks; Ports

National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC)

ANAC is the regulatory agency whose role is to regulate and oversee activities involving civil aviation and airport and aeronautical infrastructure, linked to the President’s Civil Aviation Secretariat. The regulatory activities of ANAC can be divided into two: technical and economic regulations. These regulations seek to ensure the safety of passengers and users of civil aviation through regulations that govern certification and oversight in the industry. Economic regulations govern monitoring and possible market interventions seeking to attain maximum efficiency.

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National Film Agency (ANCINE)

ANCINE is the regulatory agency responsible for promoting, regulating and overseeing the film and audiovisual markets in Brazil, linked to the Ministry of Culture.

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National Electrical Power Agency (ANEEL)

ANEEL regulates and oversees all services provided by electric companies, from power generation to distribution to consumers.

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National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL)

ANATEL’s mission is to promote Brazil's telecommunications development in order to provide it with a modern and efficient telecommunications infrastructure, capable of offering adequate and diversified services throughout the country.

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National Waterway Transportation Agency (ANTAQ)

ANTAQ is the regulatory agency which implements the policies formulated by the Ports Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic (SEP/PR), the National Council for Integration of Transportation Policies (CONIT), and the Ministry of Transportation (MTr). It is responsible for regulating, supervising and overseeing the activities of waterway transportation services and port and waterway infrastructure.

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National Ground Transportation Agency (ANTT)

ANTT is the regulatory agency responsible for regulating railway infrastructure, federal highways and ground transportation services. It also works on pipelines and is linked to the Ministry of Transportation (MTr).

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National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA)

ANVISA is the agency which regulates sectors whose products and services affect the health of the Brazilian population. The goods and products subject to health inspection and enforcement are: medicines used by humans, their active ingredients and other inputs, processes and technologies; food, including drinks, bottled waters and their inputs, their packaging and additives, levels of organic contaminants, residues of pesticides and veterinary medicines; cosmetics, toiletries and perfumes; cleaning products used for sanitization, disinfection or pest removal in residential, hospital and public premises; sets of reagents and inputs used for diagnosis; equipment and supplies for medical or hospital use, or in dental, hemotherapeutic and laboratory diagnostics and imaging; biopharmaceuticals and their active ingredients, blood and blood products; organs, human or animal tissue for use in transplants or reconstructions; radioisotopes for in vivo diagnostic use, radiopharmaceuticals and radioactive products used for diagnosis and therapy; cigarettes, cigarillos, cigars and any other smoking product, whether or not derived from tobacco; any products that involve the possibility of a risk to health obtained by genetic engineering, or by another procedure, or if submitted to sources of radiation.

In addition to its regulatory role, it is also responsible for coordinating the National Health Surveillance System (SNVS) in a manner that is integrated with other public agencies directly or indirectly related to the health sector. Within the structure of the federal public administration, ANVISA is linked to the Ministry of Health (MS) and is a component of the Unified Health System (SUS), applying its principles and guidelines.

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National Petroleum Agency (ANP)

ANP is the regulatory agency for activities within the petroleum, natural gas and biofuel industries in Brazil. A semi-independent federal agency linked to the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), the ANP is responsible for implementing the national policy for the petroleum, natural gas and biofuels sectors. It also serves as a reference center for data and information on the petroleum and natural gas industry, maintaining the Exploration and Production Database (BDEP), promoting studies of potential petroleum production and development of the sector; receives and publicly releases notifications of discoveries; publishes official statistics regarding reserves and production in Brazil; performs periodic surveys of the quality of fuels and lubricants, and monitors prices of these products. In the biofuels area, it maintains and releases data regarding permits, production and commercialization of biodiesel and ethanol.

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National Nuclear Energy Commission (CNEN)

The CNEN is a semi-independent agency linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), with authority and expertise to research and develop the application of nuclear techniques and regulate the use of nuclear energy in Brazil.

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National Traffic Council (CONTRAN)

CONTRAN is the highest regulatory and advisory entity of the National Traffic System (SNT); it establishes the regulatory standards of the Brazilian Traffic Code (CBT) and the guidelines of the National Traffic Policy (PNT); coordinates the entities of the SNT, with the aim of integrating their activities; creates Subject Matter Chambers; establishes its internal bylaws and guidelines for the operation of CETRAN and CONTRANDIFE; establishes rules and guidelines for the Administrative Board for Appeal of Infractions (JARI); strives for uniformity of and compliance with the rules contained in the CBT and in the supplementary resolutions; establishes and regulates the procedures for imposing, collecting and transferring fines for offenses committed in a different state jurisdiction than that where the vehicle is licensed; responds to such inquiries as may be formulated regarding the enforcement of traffic laws and regulations; regulates the procedures regarding driver education, licensing of drivers, issuance of drivers’ documents, as well as registration and vehicle licensing; approves, adds to or changes traffic signal devices and traffic equipment devices; considers the appeals filed against the decisions made at lower levels, pursuant to the CBT; raises to a higher level forum for analysis and solutions, cases involving disputes over jurisdiction or district, or, where necessary, to coordinate administrative decisions; and settles disputes regarding traffic district or jurisdiction under the federal government, the states and the Federal District.

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National Traffic Department (DENATRAN)

DENATRAN, linked to the Ministry of Cities (MCidades), is the executive body of the National Traffic System (SNT). DENATRAN's principal objectives are to oversee and enforce traffic laws and regulations, implement the regulatory standards and guidelines of the National Traffic Council (CONTRAN), supervise and coordinate the entities responsible for controlling and overseeing implementation of the National Traffic Policy, establish procedures regarding driver education, and oversee the issuance of drivers’ licenses, vehicle operator permits, and vehicle registrations.

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National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO)

INMETRO is responsible for: implementing the national measurements and standards policies; verifying compliance with the technical and legal standards with respect to measurement units, measurement methods, material measures, measurement instruments and pre-measured products; maintaining and preserving measurement unit standards, as well as implementing and maintaining the tracking chain  for measurement unit standards in Brazil, so as to make them internally coherent and also internationally compatible, primarily to ensure their universal acceptance and, secondarily, their use as support to the productive sector, enhancing the quality of goods and services; strengthening Brazil's participation in international activities related to metrology and quality, as well as promoting exchanges with foreign and international entities and organizations; providing technical and administrative support to CONMETRO, as well as to its advisory committees, acting as its executive secretariat; promoting the use of quality management techniques in Brazilian companies; planning and implementing activities for accreditation and tests for calibration laboratories as well as tests of proficiency for providers, certification organizations, inspection, training and other functions necessary to the development of the technological services infrastructure in Brazil; and development, under SINMETRO, of conformity assessment programs in the areas of products, processes, services and personnel, compulsory or voluntary, involving the approval of regulations.

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Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA)

IBAMA is a semi-independent agency linked to the Ministry of the Environment (MMA) and is responsible for implementing the National Environmental Policy (PNMA), developing activities for the preservation and conservation of natural assets and heritage, exercising control and oversight over the use of natural resources (water, flora, fauna, soil, etc.), and granting environmental licenses for projects under its jurisdiction.

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Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA)

MAPA is responsible for managing public policies for stimulating agriculture and livestock, promoting agribusiness and regulating and standardizing services related to the sector. MAPA is organized into secretariats, responsible for the different sectors of Brazil’s agribusiness.

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Ministry of Culture (MinC)

The MinC develops policies for funding and providing incentives in the areas of Letters, arts, folklore and the various expressions of national culture, as well as preserving national historical, archaeological and artistic assets and heritage. The MinC is composed of institutions that are collegial, including seven linked institutions, three semi-independent entities and four nonprofit foundations covering certain fields. They are the Institute of National Historical and Artistic Heritage (Iphan), the Brazilian Institute of Museums (Ibram), the National Film Agency (Ancine), the Rui Barbosa Residence Foundation (FCRB), the Palmares Cultural Foundation (FCP), the National Foundation for the Arts (Funarte) and the National Library Foundation (FBN).

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Ministry of Defense (MD)

MD has as its areas of authority and expertise: national defense policy, national defense strategy and preparation of the National Defense White Paper; sector-specific defense and military policies and strategies; doctrine, planning, organization, preparation and deployment of the Armed Forces, jointly and separately; special projects in the interest of national defense; strategic and operational intelligence in the interest of defense; military operations of the Armed Forces; international defense relationships; defense budget; defense and military legislation; national mobilization policy; defense education policy; defense science, technology and innovation policy; defense public affairs policy; remuneration policies for the military and pensioners ; national policy on exports of defense products and funding of research and development activities, production and exports in areas of defense interest, export controls on defense products; defense industry policy; defense intelligence policy; activities of the armed forces, when appropriate, in ensuring law and order, to maintain public order and the safety of persons and assets, in ensuring the vote and vote-counting for elections, cooperation with national development and civil defense in combating cross-border and environmental crimes; defense logistics; military, and religious care of the Armed Forces; establishing, organizing, training and deploying naval, land, and air forces as well as its active duty personnel; national maritime policy; safety of air navigation and waterway traffic and safeguarding human life on the seas; real estate assets administered by the Armed Forces, without prejudice to the authority and expertise of the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management; military aeronautical policy and performance in the national airspace policy; aerospace and aeronautical infrastructure; and operational consolidation of the Amazon Protection System (SIPAM).

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Ministry of Justice and Citizenship (MJ):

MJ has the authority and expertise to: defend the legal order, political rights and constitutional guarantees; the judicial system policies; indigenous rights; narcotics, law enforcement, the Federal Police, the Federal Highways and Railways Police, and the Federal District Police; defense of the national economic order and consumer rights; plan, coordinate and manage national penitentiary policies; nationality and citizenship, immigration and foreigners; general ombudsmen for Indians and for consumers; federal police ombudsmen; full and free legal assistance, both judicial and extrajudicial, for the needy, as determined by law; defense of property and assets of the federal government and other entities comprising the indirect federal public administration; communicate, coordinate, supervise, integrate and propose government actions and of the National Drug Policy System in its aspects related to the activities of prevention, suppression of illicit trafficking and unauthorized production of drugs, as well as those aspects related to treatment, recovery, and social reintegration of users and addicts and the Integrated Plan to Combat Crack and Other Drugs; coordinate and implement regulatory acts consolidating work within the Executive Branch; prevention and suppression of activities related to money laundering, as well as international legal cooperation; national policy on archives; and provide assistance to the President on any matters not assigned to another Ministry.

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Ministry of Health (MS)

MS is responsible for organizing and preparing plans and public policies for promoting preventive care and health care for Brazilians. The MS is the initiator and supervisor for the implementation of such policies in the following areas: national health policies; coordination and oversight of the Unified National Health System; environmental health and actions to promote, protect and recover individual and collective health, including the health of workers and Indians; health information; inputs critical to health; preventive actions in general, health surveillance and sanitary control of borders, seaports, river ports and airports; health surveillance, especially regarding drugs, medicines and foodstuffs; scientific research and technology in the health area; and supervising its associated entities: the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) and the National Supplemental Health Agency (ANS).

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Ministry of the Cities (MCidades)

This Ministry is responsible for establishing strategies, guidelines and priorities in allocating public resources, as well as creating requirements and standards, while monitoring and evaluating federal programs. Its areas of authority and expertise include: urban development policy; sector-specific housing, environmental sanitation, urban transportation and transit policies; working in conjunction with the various levels of government, the private sector and non-governmental organizations to promote actions and programs involving urbanization, housing, basic and environmental sanitation, urban transportation, traffic and urban development; subsidy policies for public housing, sanitation and urban transportation; planning, regulating, standard-setting and managing the allocation of resources on policies regarding urban development, urbanization, housing, basic and environmental sanitation, urban transportation and public transit; participation in the formulation of overall guidelines for conservation of urban water systems, as well as adoption of drainage basins as basic units for planning and managing sanitation.

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Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC)

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Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME)

MME represents the federal government as concession-grantor, formulator of public policies, and initiator and supervisor for the implementation of such policies in the fields of geology, mineral and energy resources, and use of hydropower; mining and metallurgy; petroleum, electrical power, and fuel, including nuclear; and supplying energy to rural areas, bioenergy, including rural electrification, when paid for with funds linked to the National Electrical Power System (SNE). The MME is also responsible for ensuring the structural and cyclical equilibrium between the supply and demand of energy resources in Brazil and supervising the entities related to the MME: the National Mineral Production Department (DNPM), the National Electrical Power Agency (ANEEL), and the National Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP).

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Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services (MDIC)

MDIC has the authority and expertise to formulate, implement and evaluate public policies to promote competitiveness, foreign trade, investment and innovation in business, as well as the interests of consumers, and it has administrative links to the following entities: Manaus Duty Free Zone Superintendence (SUFRAMA); National Institute for Industrial Property (INPI); National Institute for Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO); and these private non-profit entities: Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI).

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Ministry of Environment (MMA)

MMA has the authority and expertise to promote the adoption of principles and strategies fostering knowledge, protection and restoration of the environment, establishing the nation’s policies for the environment and water resources; policies for preservation, conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems, biodiversity and forests; proposing strategies, mechanisms and economic and social instruments to improve environmental quality and the sustainable use of natural resources; policies for integrating the environment and its productive use; environmental policies and programs for the Legal Amazon area, and ecological and economic zoning.

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Ministry of Labor and Employment (MTE)

the MTE has the authority and expertise to: develop policies and guidelines for generating jobs and income, supporting workers, modernizing labor relations, overseeing and inspecting workplaces, including port operations, imposing sanctions provided for by law or in collective agreements, wage policies, professional development and training, workplace safety and health, immigration policy and fostering urban cooperatives and associations.

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Ministry of Transportation (MTr)

MTr has the authority and expertise to formulate, coordinate and supervise national transportation policies for railways, highways and waterways, the merchant marine, navigable waterways, rivers and inland ports, except for those awarded to dock concessionaires, participation in the coordination of air transportation and port services and overseeing the entities administratively tied to it: the National Transportation Infrastructure Department (DNIT) and the National Ground Transportation Agency (ANTT).

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