Doing Business In MEXICO

The COFEPRIS registration must be obtained before any commercial application for the following types of products:

  • Cosmetics
  • Medical Devices
  • Sanitary Products
  • Pharmaceuticals drugs
  • Food & Supplements

Good To Know

  • Registration must be requested through a local and reputable Mexican company that will own these records EXCLUSIVELY for five years.
  • The company must be in good standing and fully authorized by COFEPRIS.
  • This procedure is different and more complex than FDA.
  • The application process takes 6 to 12 months at least, before your registration goes into effect.
  • The registration is always held by the company that filed the application.

Three Options Only to access the Mexican market

Cost Implementation Risk Level

Having your own local subsidiary


  • Property Investment(s)
  • Employing a doctor and / or pharmacist.
  • Business trips.

12 to 18 months

  • Creating a business structure.
  • Registering your affiliate.
  • Registering your products.


  • Legal risks.
  • Salery and wage risks.
  • Commercial failure risks.
  • Automonomy,and independence.

Outsourcing to one of your local distributors


  • Negotiating and ratifying a contract.
  • Often with a reference product and high commission.
  • Annual negotiation

10 to 12 months

  • Language and translation barriers
  • Lack of responsiveness
  • Lack of transparency.

Very High

  • Legal risks (Mexican contracts law).
  • Commercial risks (Competing products).
  • Exclusive ownership rights
  • Obligation to rely on Distributor.

Working with trusted third party specialized in regulatory issues (Master Distributor)


  • Materialisation of a clear quote
  • Amount fixed per product and digressive
  • No success fee

8 to 10 months

  • Expedited process based on access and established relationship with COFEPRIS
  • Bilingual contact.
  • Writing and project management provided in our services
  • Transparency and total autonomy.


  • No salary, structure or fixed costs
  • Registration held by a trusted third party driving the follow-up locally
  • No exclusivity, several regional distributors proposed

We aim to

  • Become your regulatory partner
  • Be your administrative and commercial intermediary
  • Register your products and/or business using a local law firm
  • Keep and host your records and licenses
  • Import and distribute your products (medical devices, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, dental, sanitary products, and drugs.)

This solution has many advantages:

  • You remain independent and autonomous
  • You choose all local distributors freely
  • You can determine for yourself when and how you want to sell your products
  • We take care of your regulatory and administrative requirements…
  • We bring you the guarantee of a European organization with a solid team of professionals, that is respectful of legal and ethical principles

MANDALA Mexico also offers two additional benefits, with our customized service:

Studying and Finding the right Distributors for you

Do you want to better understand the market before you decide to invest there?

MANDALA Mexico delivers a specific six months assignment, including:

  • A study of the market and specific business opportunities .
  • Research and a selection of the best regional distributors (solid, reliable and authorized by ANVISA), specializing in your products.
  • A study of financial and regulatory issues.

Our service includes a week in Brazil conducting face-to-face meetings with qualified local distributors and / or potential partners.


While Mexico represents a growing market with a population of 110 million inhabitants and is the second largest medical device market in Latin America behind Brazil, it is also one of the most confusing, and time-consuming (administrative and protectionist) markets to navigate, one requiring considerable investment resources.

Our dedicated guidance is intended to illuminate and let you access this country’s business culture making it easier for you to make realistic and cost beneficial decisions, while at the same time leaving you free to choose your Brazilian distributors and buyers.

A proven approach,

safe and secure

Our dedicated guidance is intended to help and let you access this country's business culture making it easier for you to make realistic and cost beneficial decisions, while at the same time leaving you free to choose your distributors and buyers.

    Optional pre Study : Market and Distribution Survey

  • 3 months survey
  • Meetings with future and potential partners, distributors, etc... for a week in Mexico

    First Meeting and Personalized Consultation.

  • Presentation of our sales teams and techniques.
  • Examination and Corroboration of your penetration strategy, the products, and the market.

    Authorization to Carry Out a Preliminary Analysis

  • Securing and Assessing the legal and economic framework.
  • Pricing based on the number of products concerned.

    Audit and Preliminary Findings

  • Determination of the product category (single, family, or system).
  • Definition of regulatory prerequisites (registration or notification).
  • Evaluation of classification within the definition of COFEPRIS, the National.
  • Health Surveillance Agency of Mexico.
  • Identification of other required certifications.

    Services and Contract

  • Determination of fees for necessary registration or notification.
  • Assessment of COFEPRIS taxes.
  • A five-year economic business plan for hosting.
  • Examination of all legal and regulatory requirements.

    Procedure for registration or notification.

  • Writing and developing appropriate presentation documents.
  • Validating certifications.
  • Filing and following up with relevant agencies.

    Official Mexican Publication (COFEPRIS website)

  • Proofreading of the registration certificates.
  • Ensure the issuance of administrative documents.
  • Start selling your product.

    Monitoring and Securing Business Environment

  • Maintain records.
  • Alert you to changes in regulatory requirements and certifications.
  • Audit selected distributors to ensure legal compliance, COFEPRIS requirements,and financial health.
  • Issue and track Import Letters