Introducing Emergency Contraception in the Mexican Family Planning Norm
Council researchers described how emergency contraception was included in the Mexican Family Planning Norm in order to better understand the barriers and opportunities for getting other essential women’s health drugs approved.
This study was conducted to understand the process that led to the inclusion of emergency contraception (EC) in the Mexican Family Planning Norm (NOM) and to identify the factors that influenced this achievement.
Council researchers conducted in-depth interviews with eight prominent decisionmakers from state and federal government institutions. According to these decisionmakers, the determining factor for the inclusion of EC in the NOM was the external review of scientific evidence by experts from the National Centre for Equity of Gender and Reproductive Health that proved EC pills are not abortifacient. Other important factors that contributed to the inclusion were the ample support of civil organizations, the demand for EC by the population, and the minister of health's support of EC. The inclusion of EC in the essential drug list was perceived as a logical next step after its inclusion in the NOM.
The introduction of EC in Mexico shows the importance of scientific evidence on decisionmaking. The process took about a decade, which reflects the complexity of converting research results into public policy. Measures should be taken to facilitate these processes for the benefit of women and the society as a whole. The Council, in collaboration with partners, will explore ways to facilitate the approval of other essential drugs for women’s health in Mexico.
Introducción de la anticoncepción de emergencia en la Norma Oficial Mexicana de Planificación Familiar" [Introducing emergency contraception in the Mexican Family Planning Official Norm] (abstract)
Lara,Diana K.; van Dijk,Marieke G.; Garcia,Sandra G.; Grossman,Daniel
Gaceta Médica de México 143(6): 483-487
Publication date: 2007
Access to contraceptive methods
Duration: 1/2005 - 12/2007