Regional and bilateral trade agreements can include chapters to strengthen the implementation of Good Regulatory Practices and the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement.
As one example, the recently negotiated U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) includes 34 chapters, the following of which directly facilitate medical device regulatory, standards and conformity assessment convergence:
The following USMCA chapters reinforce and complement those above by further reducing non-tariff barriers to patient access to medical technologies:
Its objectives are:
On July 24, 2018, the Declaration of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México, was signed, having the Presidents acknowledged in subsection 16 that negotiations of the Medical Device Annex had been concluded, allowing for the elimination of technical barriers to trade towards the facilitation and increase of the commercial exchange in the region, by adopting best international regulatory practices to benefit population’s health.