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Q&A – Institutional and Government Relations Area (RIG)

Reference: ABRIG Institutional and Government Relations Booklet. Brazilian Association of Institutional and Governmental Relations. Available in:

What is Institutional and Governmental Relations – RIG?

The activity of Institutional and Governmental Relations (RIG), in line with the definition in the CBO – Brazilian Classification of Occupations, of the Ministry of Labor and Employment, deals with acting in the political decision process, participating in the formulation of public policies, elaborating and establishing governmental relations strategies, analyzing regulatory or normative risks, and defending the interests of those represented in these processes. In addition, institutional relations are also carried out at the private level, articulating demands and developing projects for industries, companies, third sector entities, and international institutions, among others.

In other words, we can say that the Institutional and Governmental Relations (RIG) activity is the one through which the social and economic actors impacted by legislative proposals (Parliament), by public policies (Executive), by the demand of organized civil society (third industry) and/or by the market (consumers) convey to the strategic decision makers (private) and policy makers (authorities) their view on the matter, with in order to:
- Mitigate economic, social, institutional or operational risks;
- Offer a more balanced model;
- Present specific suggestions for improving the proposal;
- Provide facts, data and important information for a better understanding of the universe on which the measure will have an impact, so that the decision maker can consider more elements when formulating a legislative proposal or public policy; and
- Warn of unconstitutionalities, injuridicities (inadequacy to the legal system in force), and equivocal legislative technique.

What is the importance of RIG activity?

State decisions are increasingly interfering in the daily lives of citizens and companies. Every day, the Legislative and Executive Branches at the Federal and State levels issue hundreds of norms, ordinances, laws, and instructions. The documentation required for a tax procedure, a tax increase, the creation and implementation of a public policy, or the appearance of a Bill and its approval, are decisions that directly impact individuals and companies.
Thus, the Institutional and Governmental Relations (IGR) activity is fundamental for society to be heard by those who decide on important issues that influence everyone's lives.

What does ABIMED's RIG area do?

In its RIG scope, Abimed works together with different stakeholders in order to contribute to the creation and maintenance of policies and standards that provide a favorable environment for innovation and for its associates to operate in the local and global markets, as well as to contribute to the development of the health industry in Brazil, especially the medical equipment and devices industry, and to increase the Brazilian population's access to high-technology, safe, and quality products. Among the activities of ABIMED's RIG area, we can highlight the following actions:
- Proposition of norms, regulations, actions and promotion of debates with stakeholders;
- Contributions to and follow-up on Bills, Proposed Amendments to the Constitution, Sectorial Public Policies, Public Bids and Public Consultations on Anvisa and ANS Collegiate Board of Directors Resolutions;
- Working Group with Associates to strengthen and catalyze institutional and associative actions of RIG; and
- Support to Associates regarding certain stakeholders.

Which legislation ensures the legal and ethical limits for the activities of the RIG area?

Currently, the Brazilian and international legislation applied in our country imposes very clear ethical limits to the performance of professionals in the area of RIG. ABIMED, as the representative entity of the industry, values respect and compliance with all current legislation, in addition to our code of conduct. Among the existing legislation, we can highlight:
- Code of Conduct for the Federal High Administration;
- Conflict of Interest Law (Law No. 12,813/2013);
- Code of Professional Ethics for Civil Servants of the Federal Executive Branch
Executive Branch;
- Criminal Code - Crimes against Public Administration
(Decree-Law No. 2.848/1940 - arts. 316, 317, 321, 332 e 333);
- Clean Company Law (Law No. 12,846/2013);
- Antitrust Law (Law No. 12,529/2011);
- Pro-Ethical Company Program (Law No. 12,846/2013);
- Administrative Impropriety Law (Law No. 8,429/1992);
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); and
- UK Bribery Act (UKBA).
- Código de Conduta da Alta Administração Federal;
- Lei de Conflito de Interesses (Lei nº 12.813/2013);
- Código de Ética Profissional do Servidor Público Civil do Poder
Executivo Federal;
- Código Penal – Dos Crimes contra a Administração Pública
(Decreto-Lei nº 2.848/1940 – arts. 316, 317, 321, 332 e 333);
- Lei da Empresa Limpa (Lei nº 12.846/2013);
- Lei de Defesa da Concorrência (Lei nº 12.529/2011);
- Programa Empresa Pró-Ética (Lei nº 12.846/2013);
- Lei de Improbidade Administrativa (Lei nº 8.429/1992);
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); e
- UK Bribery Act (UKBA).

How does ABIMED guarantee ethics and transparency in Institutional and Governmental Relations?

ABIMED's RIG area is driven by ethical standards and performs its activity in a technical manner, always dialoguing with the authorities of the Executive and Legislative Powers, in its three levels (Federal, State, and Municipal) in an ethical and transparent manner.