The WHO Essential Medicines and Health Products (EMP) Department works with countries to promote affordable access to quality, safe and effective medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and other medical devices.
Built on three main pillars – access, innovation and regulation – EMP promotes policies and technical capacities in low-resourced health systems, develops international standards for the manufacturing and regulation of health products and provides guidance for health systems everywhere to deliver them safely and cost-effectively.
Medicines at WHO Headquarters
At WHO headquarters, Essential Medicines and Health Products activities are situated within the Cluster of Health Systems and Innovation (HIS)
Essential Medicines and Health Products in the WHO Regions
The EMP department is collaborating with WHO Regional and Country offices and consulting with major stakeholders towards the articulation of a strategic plan of action that will set out WHO’s vision for the coming years to promote increased access in all countries to essential medicines and other health products.