Local Operating License (VISA)



What is it?

It is the first document issued by the local or state Health Surveillance (VISA), which legalizes the operation of your company's activities, activities which are subject to the Health Surveillance. After this process, the company must request regularization from ANVISA (National Health Surveillance Agency).

*VISA is the term used for Local Health Surveillance, usually located in your city and/or municipality.

Who does it apply to?

Every company whose intention is to import, export, manufacture, transport, distribute or store products subject to Health Surveillance, must obtain the Operating License.

Stone Okamont works on the elaboration of the Operating License process with VISA. Our advice is complete, from the evaluation of the master plan and the correct placement of the CNAE for the intended activity.

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Which products are subject to health surveillance?

Those who influence the health and well-being of human beings. These products are cataloged in the following categories:

  • Medicines,
  • Correlates (health products),
  • Cosmetics (personal care products),
  • Sanitizing and cleaning products,
  • Foods,
  • Tobaco.


At all stages, Stone Okamont gives all the support the company needs by applying all standards, installing as non-conformities, implementing the Quality System and training the company's professionals, to receive the Sanitary Inspection.

At the end of the inspection, the inspectors issue their opinions then the Health Surveillance Authority issues a report that must be attached and forwarded to ANVISA to request the Company Operation Authorization (AFE) process.

In this process it is very important that the company hire a regulatory advisory that has expertise in the area, otherwise it will take a long time and the company may have more expenses, because even before the product is commercialized, the Company Operating Authorization (AFE) is required for the regularization of the product for sale.

Recurring questions about obtaining the
Operating License

Do I need to obtain the operating license to import a product for my own use?

No! The operating license is only necessary in the case of marketing the product, however, it is always important to notify the import of the product to Visa Local, so the cargo will not be retained.

Can I start the operating license process as an individual?

No! To start the operating license process, it is necessary to obtain a CNPJ.

My company is registered as MEI (Individual Microentrepreneur), can I start the Operation License process in this way?

Yes! The fact of being an Individual Microentrepreneur does not imply as for the application for the Operating License, the important thing to start is to have the CPNJ.

Talk to those who understand the
Operating License

With global experience in the subject, Stone Okamont offers advice and consultancy according to the needs of each client. Our services are personalized, so that your company and products are always regularized. Contact us by filling out the form below the video and talk to one of our specialists.

Local Operating License (VISA)

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