Alert, response, and capacity building under the International Health Regulations (IHR)

About WHO Department of Global Capacities Alert and Response (GCR)

International Health Regulations implementation

Support to national legislation

The World Health Organization International Health Regulations (2005) entered into force worldwide in June 2007. The IHR (2005) include many rights and obligations for States (and mandated functions for WHO) including: surveillance and response; notification and verification to WHO of certain public health events and risks; rules on application of health measures to international travellers, trade and transportation; requirements for sanitary conditions and services at international ports, airports and ground crossings; and development of minimum public health capacities for surveillance, assessment, response and reporting for a broad range of risks - throughout the territories of all States Parties.