The U.S. and Mexican HLED co-chairs met on April 18 to review key accomplishments. Under Pillar I, Building Back Together:

Trade Facilitation Partnership for Medical Devices

Both governments are seeking to improve access to medical devices and supplies for public health emergencies.
The Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS), Mexico’s sanitary agency, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) agreed to implement the Medical Device Regulatory Convergence (MDRC) project, a public-private initiative that aims to more effectively deploy critical medical equipment in times of crisis by aligning regulations, including emergency use authorization procedures.
Under the agreement, the United States and Mexico hosted a series of four webinars designed to improve the regulatory process for medical devices and their implementation in the medical device sector. The webinars covered: international commitments; good regulatory practices under the international and local scope of medical devices; regulatory processes in Mexico; and challenges and opportunities for regulatory convergence in the medical devices sector.
On March 24, COFEPRIS, USAID, and the Medical Device Regulatory Convergence project’s implementing partners assessed the project’s progress and approved the 2022 workplan. Under the MDRC’s workplan, COFEPRIS agreed to participate in a series of technical workshops with other regulatory agencies from countries around the hemisphere.

Press release by the Office of the United States Trade Representative may be accessed here in full.

2020 Report of the MDRC Project to the High-Level Economic Dialogue (in full) may be accessed in English and Spanish.