Strengthening health security by implementing the International Health Regulations (2005)

Public Health Emergency Operations Centre Network (EOC-NET)

Activities and events

Developing a framework for public health emergency operations centre

To promote best practice and standards for EOCs, the Department of Global Capacities Surveillance and Response (GCR) has led a series of research projects and conducted several expert consultations through the EOC-NET since 2012. Based on the research and consultations, GCR developed a draft document entitled A framework for a public health emergency operations centre (EOC framework). The EOC framework provides high-level methodical guidance for establishing or strengthening a functional EOC. The 1st consultation meeting on the draft EOC framework was conducted on 27-29 April 2015. The 2nd consultation meeting will be held on 7 and 8 October 2015. If you wish to receive a copy of the draft EOC framework and provide your comments, please write to

Launch of the Public Health Emergency Operations Centres Network (EOC-NET)

The EOC-NET was launched during the EOC-NET consultation meeting 19–20 November 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting brought together 38 stakeholders from nine States Parties, seven regional and international organizations, WHO headquarters and all six WHO Regional Offices to share experiences, knowledge, challenges regarding building, maintaining, using, and collaboration of EOCs, and to proposed solutions for improvement. Meeting participants reviewed the current situation, main roles, challenges and needs of public health EOCs, agreed on the EOC-NET objectives, Terms of reference, and next steps related to key working areas identified. The meeting report in available at WHO website (Public health emergency operations centre network (EOC-NET) Consultation meeting , 19-20 November 2012, Geneva, Switzerland).

Systematic Review of Public Health Emergency Operations Centres (EOC)

WHO/GCR conducted a systematic review of public health EOCs in collaboration with Emory University in December 2013. This review examines peer-reviewed and grey literature to document current status, best practices and standards, impediments and gaps in building, maintaining, and using EOCs for effective response to public health risks and emergencies. It also informs partners in the development of guidance and standards for building, maintaining, and using public health EOCs. The systematic review report is available at WHO website A Systematic Review of Public Health Emergency Operations Centres (EOC), December 2013, WHO.