Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Malaria Vaccine Advisory Committee (MALVAC)

Meetings, Observers and Recommendations


The Malaria Vaccine Advisory Committee normally meets in plenary up to, once a year but may meet more frequently depending on the volume and timing of its work. Members are normally notified at least three months in advance of meetings. The IVR Secretariat participates in the meetings. All documents must be treated as confidential and the members and Observers must agree to sign a confidentiality agreement upon appointment.


Observers to the Committee consist of one representative from each of the following partner agencies: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, EU, EDCTP, EVI, MVI at PATH, NIH, Wellcome Trust and USAID. These agencies are invited to attend as observers on a regular basis and are part of the Malaria Vaccine Funders Group who meets at these meetings.

Other observers may be nominated on an as-needed basis. Observers are responsible for all their own expenses for any meeting which they attend. Observers do not participate in closed sessions of the Advisory Committee unless individually invited to do so by the Chair and approved by the Committee.

Implementation of recommendations

All recommendations from the Committee are advisory to the Director, IVB, who retains responsibility for any subsequent decisions or actions by IVR regarding any proposals, policy issues or other matters considered by the Advisory Committee. WHO retains full control over the publication of the reports of the Advisory Committee meetings, including whether or not to publicize them.