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

IHR News

The WHO quarterly bulletin on IHR implementation

What's new in IHR coordination and support

External review of pandemic response: Update on the work of the Review Committee and Note from the Chairman

Following the third meeting of the Review Committee held from 27 to 29 September 2010, Geneva, Switzerland, the Committee continued its work during the month of October through teleconferences and electronic exchange, gathering evidence and discussing and drafting sections of the report to be presented to the WHO during the Executive Board in January 2011. From 3 to 5 November 2010, the Committee met in deliberative sessions and continued its work on the report of findings and recommendations. For more information on this session and on the work to take place over the next months:

IHR i-course: Update on 1st and 2nd sessions

This year saw both the launch and the completion of the first IHR implementation course, as well as the launch of the second course. The IHR implementation course aims to train public health professionals working on IHR implementation and is a collaboration between WHO, the University of Pretoria, South Africa, the Georgetown University Law Center, USA and the University of Geneva, Switzerland. The first course was completed when the participants received their certificates after having attended the four-month distance on-the-job training as well as the two week face-to-face session. The first IHR implementation course comprised 32 participants from 30 countries from all the six WHO regions and a survey at the end at the course showed a very high satisfaction among the participants. The second IHR implementation course started in September with the distance learning module and is planned to be completed in February 2011.

IHR authorized list of ports: December update

All States Parties to the International Health Regulations 2005 (IHR 2005) are required to send to the World Health Organization a list of all ports authorized by the State Party (including authorized ports in all of its applicable administrative areas and territories) to issue the following Ship Sanitation Certificates (SSC):

  • Ship sanitation control exemption certificates;
  • Ship sanitation control certificates only; and
  • Extensions to the ship sanitation certificates.

This list of authorized ports and other information is comprised of information submitted by the States Parties to WHO. WHO publishes this information in accordance with the requirements of the IHR (2005). WHO publishes updates when new information is received from States Parties. The IHR list of ports was last updated and published on 14 December:

For further information on the IHR ports list or other travel and transport queries: