Costa Rica: Delays in Sanitation Registrations Continue

Importers are complaining that the "Regístrelo" (RegisterIt) digital system is malfunctioning, and that it is not possible to carry out the steps manually, generating delays of up to five months in these processes.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Although the official announcement of the implementation of the new platform emphasized that one of the benefits was the reduction of timeframes, the import sector is criticizing delays of up to five months in processing health records granted by the Ministry of Health. Added to this is the fact that the system was made obligatory, there was not a period for improvements and now there are no other official instruments to use to register products.

The Costa Rican Chamber of Importers (CRECEX) noted "... The Ministry (of Health) decided to enforce the 'Regístrelo' platform from April 24, without keeping in place the option of submitting records manually until the operation of the platform was working perfectly, and this has led to members not being able to submit records for the registration process. "

They also note that "... So far, we have not found any added value beyond moving from a manual registration to using the platform, without gaining, through use of this implementation, any improvement in the process."

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