11 STANDARDS ALLIANCE – An AdvaMed project has been approved by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), to promote Regulatory Coherence, Good Regulatory Practices, and to provide capacity building and assistance under the Standards Alliance Initiative to several governments of developing countries in Latin America, including Colombia, Mexico, Peru and the CAFTA-DR10 countries. The Standards Alliance Initiative is a funding facility designed to provide capacity-building assistance to develop- ing countries, specifically related to implemen- tation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement. The objective of AdvaMed’s work is to provide private sector resources and expertise in support of international, regional, and national govern- mental initiatives in Latin America to adopt good regulatory practices in the medical technology sector. This aims to help governments maximize their regulatory efficacy through the adoption of international best practices, including the implementation and reinforcement of policies promoting the use of internationally harmonized voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment mechanisms. 10  Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic). PAN AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION (PAHO), PAN AMERICAN NETWORK ON DRUG [AND MEDICAL DEVICE] REGULATORY HARMONIZATION (PANDRH) – This network of health regulators from across the Americas region has begun examining medical device regulatory practices. AdvaMed supports the PANDRH role of facilitating Latin American medical device regulatory cooperation and harmonization in the medical device sector, particularly aligned with the IMDRF given PAHO’s role as an IMDRF associate member. THE PACIFIC ALLIANCE – Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru, as members of the Pacific Alliance, are advancing a Regulatory Coherence and Medical Device Regulatory Convergence Initiative. These efforts are augmented by the work of the APEC Life Sciences Innovation Forum (LSIF), Regulatory Harmonization Steering Committee (RHSC) which includes Chile, Mexico, and Peru. The RHSC promotes a coordinated approach to regulatory harmonization and capacity building efforts across the region. CHILE COLOMBIA ECUADOR MEXICO PERU