WHO/REMPAN Collaborating Centres and Liaison Institutions
The Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Network (REMPAN) was established in 1987 in order to fulfill WHO's responsibility under the two international conventions on Early Notification and Assistance (IAEA, 1987). In the twenty years since its inception REMPAN has expanded from four to forty medical and research institutions specializing in diagnosis, monitoring, dosimetry, treatment, and long-term follow-up of radiation injuries, acute radiation syndrome, internal contamination and other radio-pathology.
The network is designated to provide emergency medical and public health assistance to people over-exposed to radiation. It also facilitates a long-term care and follow-up of radiation accident victims and conducts research in radiation emergency medicine, radiotherapeutics, bio-dosimetry and radiation epidemiology.
There are two ways to join WHO/REMPAN: as a WHO Collaborating Centre or as a REMPAN Liaison Institution.
The WHO Collaborating Centres are institutions such as research institutes, parts of universities or academies, which are designated by the Director-General to carry out activities in support of the Organization's programmes. Currently there are over 900 WHO Collaborating Centres in 99 Member States working with WHO on areas such as nursing, occupational health, communicable diseases, nutrition, mental health, chronic diseases, health technologies, etc. A minimum period of two years' active collaboration with WHO is required. To find out more about WHO Collaborating Center status and how to become one, see below:
REMPAN Liaison Institutions
REMPAN Liaison Institutions are approved informally by the Coordinator of the WHO-REMPAN at the request of a national medical or public health institution offering its services and collaboration to WHO in the fields of radiation emergency public health preparedness (including development of infrastructure, training, education, hosting workshops, meetings, conferences, etc), monitoring and dosimetry, technical assistance in emergencies and public health actions and/or follow-up studies in radiation epidemiology.
Designation and re-designation may be granted for a period of 4 years. Withdrawal can be initiated by either side where there is a significant change in the profile of the institution.