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International Health Regulations – IHR (2005)

The International Health Regulations – IHR (2005) is an international legal instrument binding on 194 countries including all Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO). It aims to help the international community to prevent and respond to acute public health risks capable to cross borders and threaten people worldwide.

The IHR (2005), which entered into effect on June 15, 2007, requires countries to report to WHO the occurrence of any public health event of international importance, according to the instrument listed in Annex II of the regulations. Based on the unique experience of WHO in surveillance, health alert and response to disease in the world, the IHR (2005) define the rights and obligations of the countries regarding the notification of public health events and establish a number of procedures that WHO must follow in its work to protect the global public health.

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Documents Related to the IHR (2005)

This document was developed to support States Parties in assessing existing capacities and capacity needs at points of entry when deciding which airports, ports and ground crossing to designate under Article 20.1 and Annex 1B. It includes an Excel Spreadsheet File Model for IHR core capacities assessment at ports, airports and ground crossings.

Guide for WHO Member States and other States, which are presented seven work areas to help countries overcome the difficulties that involved the compliance to the new requirements of the IHR

Introduction guidance on the implementation of the IHR (2005) in national legislation. Each State Party to establish, in accordance with its legal system and internal governance, socio-political context and policies, how to meet the requirements of IHR (2005)

Basic information for policy makers and national partners

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