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

Public Health Emergency Operations Centre Network (EOC-NET)


Membership and working groups

EOC-NET membership opens to EOCs, Institutions, and Individuals. The EOC members are WHO EOCs, Public health EOCs of State Parties, EOCs of Regional and International Organizations including UN Agencies, Regional Intergovernmental Agencies, and NGOs).The Institution members are universities and institutes that conduct research, develop standards and tools for emergency response and EOCs. Individual members are emergency /Event managers, EOC technical experts and other professionals who have an active role in public health emergency preparedness and response.

The four EOC-NET working groups are:

EOC Communication Technology and Infrastructure (CTI) working group

The CTI working group provides guidance on EOC minimum CTI requirements and assessment tools to countries in need. This group will develop public health EOC CTI guides and assessment tools to be made available for countries. This working group will also provide a roster of EOC CTI experts. Members in this group are either volunteering WHO EOC staff or experts recommended by EOC-NET members.

EOC Minimum Data Sets and Standards (MDSS) working group

The MDSS working group support WHO in the development of guidance on EOC minimum data sets, data structure, standards, common terminologies and implementation toolkit for interoperability, effective data collection, display and exchange of operational information. Members of this group are composed of WHO staff from headquarters, regional offices, and country offices, experts recommended by EOC-NET members or their countries.

EOC Procedures and Plans (P&P) working group

The P&P working group identifies/develops generic procedures and plans, EOC standard operating procedures (SOPs), and supports their implementation. Members of this working group are event/emergency managers and experts selected by WHO.

EOC Training and Exercises (T&E) working group

The T&E working group develops EOC training programs and exercises and support their implementation. This group will be formed after CTI tools, EOC minimum data sets and EOC SOPs have been developed. Members of this group are composed of WHO staff from headquarters, regional offices, and country offices, experts recommended by EOC-NET members or their countries.

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