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Database for Latin America Region

Description: Build and maintain a database of organizations in the Region with which the office will or have the potential to cooperate in achieving the FDA mission. Having ready access to key organizations and their top officials is vital to responding rapidly to foodborne outbreaks and recalled products, as well as establishing the basis for providing technical assistance and capacity building in the region.

Accomplishment: The Latin America Office has completed the repository of information for the top 20 countries in Latin America that export products to the U.S. that are regulated by the FDA. The documents include contact information of key individuals and governmental competent authorities in terms of the types and scope of products that the corresponding agencies regulate, information about each country’s major trade and industry associations, representatives of multinational organizations in each country as well as their profiles, and the capacity and importance of academic institutions. Each profile also contains the last three year’s data from FDA databases on the number of lines of products imported into the U.S., an analysis of detained and refused products, and a listing of the import alerts that affect that country. Having ready access to such key information is vital to the FDA when faced with food-borne outbreaks from a foreign source or other problems with products originating in Latin America. This information will be useful when considering approaches and partnerships for technical cooperation and capacity building.

Milestone DescriptionMilestone DateMilestone StatusMilestone Completion Date

A. Determine the information to be collected and the format to be used


Completed 4/15/2010

B. Identify the types institutions/organizations (government, academia, regional/international, industry, trade) to be included in the database; identify arrangements for uploading to the FDA intranet site/eRoom


Completed 4/15/2010

C. Determine which institutions and their priority for inclusion in the database


Completed 6/30/2010

D. Complete data for Costa Rica, Mexico and Chile (the 3 countries with the FDA office)


Completed 8/2/2010

E. Develop quality control plan of the database


Completed 9/15/2010

F. Complete data collection for 70% of remaining countries


Completed 11/15/2010

G. Complete data collection for all countries in the region


Completed 12/30/2010

H. Implement quality control plan to review/revise 50% of the entries in the database every six months (the complete database yearly)


Completed 3/2/2011

Key Projects Legend

Milestone StatusDefinition
Not Yet StartedWork for specific milestone has not yet been started.
CompletedMilestone and/or overall project is completed.
On TrackMilestone - On track for completion by milestone deadline. Quarter status - Project is on track for completion based on overall milestone status.
On HoldMilestone - On hold, but deadline for completion has not passed. Quarter status - Project is on hold, based on overall milestone status.
DelayedMilestone - Delayed as it has not been completed and deadline has passed. Quarter status - Project is delayed based on overall milestone status.


Note: The data provided on this website is produced on an ongoing basis for performance management purposes and is subject to change due to updates of preliminary estimates, corrections, or other reasons. In addition, FDA may change the type or amount of data provided on this website at any time. Information marked as "Completed" may include measures and/or key projects for which activities are ongoing but no longer tracked as part of FDA-TRACK.