The Review Committee on the Role of the International Health Regulations (2005) in the Ebola Outbreak and Response
At the World Health Assembly in May 2015, Member States determined a mandate for a Review Committee of the International Health Regulations (IHR) with the following objectives:
- to assess the effectiveness of the International Health Regulations (2005) with regard to the prevention, preparedness and response to the Ebola outbreak, with a particular focus on notification and related incentives, temporary recommendations, additional measures, declaration of a public health emergency of international concern, national core capacities, and context and links to the Emergency Response Framework and other humanitarian responsibilities of the Organization;
- to assess the status of implementation of recommendations from the previous Review Committee in 2011 and related impact on the current Ebola outbreak;
- to recommend steps to improve the functioning, transparency, effectiveness and efficiency of the International Health Regulations (2005), including WHO response, and to strengthen preparedness and response for future emergencies with health consequences, with proposed timelines for any such steps.
The Review Committee on the Role of the International Health Regulations (2005) in the Ebola Outbreak and Response consists of experts with a broad mix of scientific expertise and practical experience in public health, security, law and trade. The members are some of the leading experts in the world in their respective fields and will act in their personal capacities.
Many of the Review Committee Members have extensive governmental experience and expertise – and consulting with WHO – in the areas that are the subject of the Review Committee proceedings, which were considered very relevant and important for the challenging tasks faced by the Committee.