Immunization standards

Vaccine regulation

National regulatory authorities

The assessment, licensure, control, and surveillance of biological medicinal products are major challenges for national regulatory authorities confronted by a steadily increasing number of novel products, complex quality concerns, and new technical issues arising from rapid scientific advances. With the emerging global market the volume of biological medicinal products crossing national borders continues to rise, and it has become critical that regulatory knowledge and experience concerning them can be shared, and approaches to their control harmonized to the greatest extent possible.

Through its consultative approach, WHO identifies and consolidates current consensus opinions on key regulatory issues, and communicates them to national authorities and manufacturers through guidance documents addressing both general issues and specific products. Through this mechanism, national regulatory authorities are informed on the scientific background needed to assess critcal issues, and are advised on which regulatory approaches and methodologies have been found to be optimal for insuring the global supply of uniformly high, quality, and efficacious biological medicinal products.

SELECTED EXAMPLES OF GUIDANCE DOCUMENTATION TO REGULATORY AUTHORITIES:

UPCOMING EVENTS

WHO Drafting Group Meeting on the Revision of TRS 962, Annex 1

(Guidelines to assure the quality, safety and efficacy of recombinant human papillomavirus virus-like particle vaccines), 29-30 April 2014, Geneva, Switzerland

Implementation Workshop on Evaluation of Biotherapeutic Products and Evaluation of Similar Biotherapeutic products with emphasis on Monoclonal Antibody Products

13-16 May 2014, Seoul, The Republic of Korea

CONTACTS

Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals
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