The three-nation pact, reached after more than two years of negotiations, aimed to change Mexico`s labour rules to ensure workers have the freedom to form unions and negotiate for better wages. But these changes continue to be made through the Mexican legal system, which is threatened by powerful companies and politicians. American workers warn that the protection of workers – which Democrats see as a model agreement and who was largely responsible for their support – could still be shaken. The FDA was an important member of the U.S. team that negotiated the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which came into effect on July 1 of this year. From the FDA`s perspective, the agreement adapts regulatory standards to public administration practices, improves the quality of products available to U.S. consumers and a level playing field for U.S. companies. The agreed text of the agreement was signed by the heads of state and government of the three countries on November 30, 2018, as an incidental event at the 2018 G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The English, Spanish and French versions will also be binding and the agreement will take effect after ratification by the three states through the adoption of enabling laws.  In summary, the USMCA contains many provisions that advance public health and FDA regulatory approaches. Now that the agreement has come into effect, we will continue to follow what it means for the FDA, for public health and for our regulated industries. On December 12, 2019, the Mexican Senate adopted the revised treaty by 107 votes to 1.
 On April 3, 2020, Mexico announced its readiness to implement the agreement and joined Canada, although it requested that its auto industry have additional time to comply with the agreement.  During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Donald Trump`s campaign included a promise to renegotiate or eliminate NAFTA if the renegotiations fail.  After the election, Trump made a series of changes that influenced trade relations with other countries. The exit from the Paris Agreement, the cessation of participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and the significantly larger increase in tariffs with China were some of the steps he took, which reinforced the fact that he was serious about changing NAFTA.  Much of the debate about the virtues and errors of the USMCA resembles the debate on all free trade agreements (FTAs), such as the nature of free trade agreements as public goods, potential violations of national sovereignty and the role of commercial, labour, environmental and consumer interests in the development of the language of trade agreements. In particular, the chapter has the strongest trade secrets protection of a previous U.S. trade agreement.
It includes all the following safeguards against the misuse of trade secrets, including by state-owned enterprises: civil proceedings and remedies, criminal proceedings and sanctions, prohibitions on obstruction of the licensing of trade secrets, judicial proceedings to prevent the disclosure of trade secrets during the judicial proceedings and sanctions against government officials for unauthorized disclosure of trade secrets. In addition to the original NAFTA provisions, the USMCA borrows significant credits under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreements and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). On April 3, 2020, Mexico announced its willingness to implement the agreement and joined Canada.  The agreement came into force on July 1, 2020.     The U.S.-Mexico Agreement is based on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which originally came into force on January 1, 1994. The agreement under consideration was the result of more than a year of negotiations including possible U.S. tariffs on Canada, in addition to the possibility of separate bilateral agreements.  The USMCA is expected to have a very small impact on the economy.  In a document