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A public health emergency operations centre (EOC) refers to a physical location or virtual space in which designated public health emergency management personnel assemble to coordinate operational information and resources for strategic management of public health events and emergencies.

The International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) request that States Parties develop, strengthen and maintain their capacity to respond promptly and effectively to public health risks and public health emergencies of international concern. To achieve the mandates of IHR (2005) and to address emergencies that have health consequences (which may be caused by any or all hazards), many Member States are establishing or improving their EOCs to strengthen communications and coordination for effective public health response.

In 2012, WHO established the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre Network (EOC-NET) to identify and promote best practices and standards for EOCs and provide support to EOC capacity building in Member States. WHO has been working with EOC-NET partners in developing evidence-based guidance for building, operating and improving public health EOCs.