The Instituto de Salud Pública de Chile, ISP (Public Health Institute of Chile) is a public service, with autonomous management, which has legal status and its own assets, depending on the Ministry of Health for approval of its policies, rules and general planning activities, as well as for monitoring their implementation.
Its mission is to contribute to the public health care of Chile, by being the scientific and technical governmental institution that develops timely and with quality its functions of reference, surveillance and control.
The Agencia Nacional de Medicamentos, ANAMED (National Drug Agency) is part of the ISP. Among its roles, it has the pharmaceutical products control, as well as cosmetics and medical devices authorized by law, manufactured locally or imported, to be sold in the country, ensuring its quality, safety and efficacy. It provides sanitary authorizations and registrations of pharmaceutical products and cosmetics, in addition to their control and active surveillance thereof.
It controls placement and licit use of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors, while maintaining updated databases that record such use in the country to respond to international control agreements of such substances.