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Glossary: CADE, AGU, MPF... How to translate the names Brazilian public bodies into English?

Glossary: CADE, AGU, MPF... How to translate the names Brazilian public bodies into English?

The daily routine of politics confuses Brazilian and foreign readers. Not only current events, but the administrative structure of the state itself can generate doubts in those who are not familiar with it.

It gets more and more confusing when we try to explain our political events in English. When we refer to positions, bodies, and proceedings, we need to keep in mind the specificities of the Brazilian government.

We must be especially careful when translating the names of Brazilian public bodies and agencies. Not only do we run into terms that don't work when translated literally (Ministério da Fazenda, Ministério Público), but certain bodies find no correspondence in other countries.

We have compiled below a brief glossary of names of public agencies, with a focus on control bodies and regulatory agencies. The translations were collected from public sources (mainly theataforma GOV.BR website) e adaptadas, quando necessário, para maior clareza.

For more information, check this Compilation of sources and references about Brazilian legislation in English.

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Brazilian Control Authorities and Government Bodies

Portuguese-English Glossary


Advogado-Geral da União

  • General Counsel for the Federal Government (nos EUA: Solicitor General)

AGU: Advocacia-Geral da União

  • Office of the General Counsel for the Federal Government

AI: Auditoria Interna

  • IA: Internal Audit

ANA: Agência Nacional de Águas

  • National Agency of Waters (ANA)

ANAC: Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil

  • National Agency of Civil Aviation (ANAC)

ANCINE: Agência Nacional do Cinema

  • National Agency of Cinema (ANCINE)

ANEEL: Agência Nacional de Energia Elétrica

  • National Agency of Electric Power (ANEEL)

ANP: Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis

  • National Oil Agency (ANP)

ANS: Agência Nacional de Saúde Suplementar

  • National Supplementary Health Services Agency (ANS)

ANTAQ: Agência Nacional de Transportes Aquaviários

  • National Agency for Ports and Navigation (ANTAQ)

ANTT: Agência Nacional de Transportes Terrestres

  • National Agency of Land Transportation (ANTT)

ANVISA: Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária

  • National Sanitary Enforcement Agency (ANVISA)


BACEN: Banco Central do Brasil

  • Central Bank of Brazil (BCB)


CADE: Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica

  • Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) (Brazilian Antitrust Authority)

Câmara dos Deputados

  • Chamber of Deputies

CARF: Conselho de Administração de Recursos Fiscais

  • Administrative Council of Tax Appeals (CARF)

CEA: Chefe Executivo de Auditoria

  • CAE: Chief Audit Executive

CGU: Controladoria-Geral da União

  • Office of the Comptroller General (CGU)

CJF: Conselho da Justiça Federal

  • Council of Federal Justice (CJF)

CNJ: Conselho Nacional de Justiça

  • National Justice Council (CNJ)

CONACI: Conselho Nacional de Controle Interno

  • National Council for Internal Control (CONACI)

Conselho Superior do Ministério Público Federal

  • Superior Council of the Brazilian Prosecution Service

CSJT: Conselho Superior da Justiça do Trabalho

  • Superior Labor Justice Council (CSJT)

CVM: Comissão de Valores Mobiliários

  • Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (CVM)


DICON: Conselho de Dirigentes de Órgãos de Controle Interno da União

  • Federal Council of Directors of Internal Control Bodies (DICON)


IIA: Instituto de Auditores Internos

  • IIA: Institute of Internal Auditors

IPPFs: Normas Internacionais para a Prática Profissional de Auditoria Interna.

  • IPPFs: International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing


Justiça do Trabalho

  • Labor Justice


MPF: Ministério Público Federal

  • Federal Prosecution Service (MPF)

MPM: Ministério Público Militar

  • Military Prosecution Service (MPM)

MPT: Ministério Público do Trabalho

  • Labor Prosecution Service (MPT)

MPTCU: Minstério Público junto ao Tribunal de Contas

  • Prosecution Office of the Court of Accounts (MPTCU)


NAG: Normas de Auditoria Governamental

  • Government Auditing Standards

NAT: Normas de Auditoria do Tribunal de Contas da União

  • Auditing Standards of the Federal Court of Accounts


PAA: Plano de Auditoria Anual

  • Annual Audit Plan (AAP)

PAD: Procedimento Administrativo Disciplinar

  • Administrative Disciplinary Proceedings (PAD)

PGFN: Procuradoria-Geral da Fazenda Nacional

  • Office of the General Counsel for the Federal Treasury (PGFN)

Procurador da República

  • Federal Prosecutor

Procurador-Geral da República

  • Prosecutor General

Procuradoria-Geral da República

  • Office of the Prosecutor General


RFB: Receita Federal

  • Brazilian Federal Revenue Office (RFB)


Senado Federal

  • Federal Senate


TCU: Tribunal de Contas da União

  • Federal Court of Accounts (TCU)

TST: Tribunal Superior do Trabalho

  • Superior Labor Court (TST)



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