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Report to WHO Executive Board on IHR implementation, 21-26 January 2008

During the 122 session of the WHO Executive Board, the EB reviewed report by the Secretariat and proposed a new resolution on IHR implementation for consideration by the World Health Assembly:

Montenegro: New State Party to the IHR

On 5 February 2008, Montenegro became a State Party to the International Health Regulations. While Montenegro became a WHO Member State (MS) on 29 August 2006, the IHR call for a “waiting period” to allow MS the time to review and make reservations to, or reject, the Regulations (Article 60, IHR). Having made neither a reservation nor a rejection, Montenegro became a new State Party on the expiration of the waiting period on 5 February.

Travel and transport: List of ports authorized to issue Ship Sanitation Certificates

The list of ports and other information submitted by the States Parties concerning ports authorized to issue Ship Sanitation Certificates under the International Health Regulations is now available online. This list is updated on a weekly basis:

Cooperative Arrangement for Preventing the Spread of Communicable Disease by Air Transport (CAPSCA)

Under the framework of the IHR, WHO is working in collaboration with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI) to harmonize emergency contingency plans for pandemic preparedness in the aviation sector. The four organizations held two workshops with the objective to strengthen preparedness planning on 13–14 March in Johannesburg and on 18–19 March in Dakar. For further information, please

IHR: Guidance for national policy-makers and stakeholders

Based on a text developed by WPRO, this brochure provides an overview of key IHR obligations and opportunities for States Parties to the Regulations (available in English and French)

INFOSAN Information Note

“The identification, assessment and management of food safety events under the International Health Regulations (2005)”

International conference on health laboratory quality systems

The WHO Lyon Office for National Epidemic Preparedness and Response, in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta will hold an International Conference on Health Laboratory Quality Systems in Lyon, France from 9 to 11 April 2008 with approximately 200 experts from all over the world. The main objectives of this conference are to:

  • help enhance health laboratory quality, of particular concern in resource-limited settings, and
  • propose guidance on quality systems development and implementation at national level. For further information please contact:
IHR queries and communications: contacts at WHO/HQ

To better respond to queries from IHR partners and maintain timely information for IHR implementation, the following three e-mails accounts have been set up: - for communications with States Parties to the IHR, particularly for updating contact details of National IHR Focal Points and for IHR Roster purposes. - for queries on and travel and transport and points of entry, including the list of authorized ports. - for general queries.