Legislation and Policies
The attached version of the Staff Rules and Staff Regulations, dated July 2007, incorporates all amendments made by the Director to the Staff Rules, confirmed by the Executive Committee at its 140th Session, and noted by the Directing Council at its 47th Meeting. It also incorporates the amendments to the Staff Regulations proposed by the Director, recommended by the Executive Committee at its 140th Session, and confirmed by the Directing Council at its 47
As a convenience to staff members, amendments made to maintain consistency with WHO are indicated by the symbol º.
For the past half century the international civil service has been guided by the Standards of Conduct in the International Civil Service prepared in 1954 by the International Civil Service Advisory Board. Although these standards have stood the test of time, an earlier era resonates in some of the content and tone. The onset of a new millennium provided the impetus for the revision of these standards to take into account global changes and to reflect, in more modern, gender-neutral language, developments and concepts that either did not exist or were of lesser importance in 1954. A renewed interest in the subject on the part of national civil services and the private sector in responding to new ethical challenges was a further stimulus to a new text.