Global Vaccine Safety

The Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) announces the publication of the CIOMS Guide to Active Vaccine Safety Surveillance


With more vaccine solutions available and opportunities for earlier availability of new vaccine products in resource-limited countries (e.g. vaccines against rotavirus, human papillomavirus or pneumococci) as well as new products that address diseases endemic in those countries only (e.g. malaria, dengue among others), generating reliable data about specific safety concerns is becoming a priority for all countries.
The Guide offers a practical step-by-step approach and algorithm to aid immunization professionals and decision-makers in determining the best course of action if additional vaccine safety data is needed.

The Vaccine Safety Net meeting report


The Vaccine Safety Net (VSN), a network of websites providing quality reliable information about vaccines, was established in 2003. Its members met at WHO headquarters in Geneva on 28 to 29 November 2016. The meeting was the opportunity to strengthen links between Network members, discuss innovations in managing vaccine safety information and digital communication, discuss collaborations and agree on next steps and follow up mechanisms. A portal dedicated to VSN will soon be launched allowing the public to access relevant information and members to work collaboratively from one single platform.

Fifth meeting of the Global Vaccine Safety initiative (GVSI), hosted by the African Union Commission, 26-27 October, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The 5th GVSI meeting gathered the largest number ever of immunisation programme managers, national regulators and pharmacovigilance staff from more 30 countries from all WHO regions. Together with representatives from academic and technical institutions, pharmaceutical companies’ umbrella organizations, UN agencies and funding partner’s participants reviewed recent successful approaches to monitor and manage adverse events following immunization.

EURO Sub-regional integrated training workshop on adverse events following immunization (AEFI) surveillance, causality assessment and communications - Montenegro


A 5 day training workshop on AEFI surveillance, causality assessment and communications was conducted in Montenegro from 21 to 25 November 2016 for 15 countries from Eastern Europe, involving experts from immunization programmes, drug regulatory authorities and clinicians. The workshop aimed to strengthen capacity on AEFI detection, investigation, causality assessment, response and effective communication.

Vaccine Safety Net meeting

The Vaccine Safety Net is a network of websites aiming at facilitating public health authorities, health care professionals and the public to reliable information on vaccine safety on the Internet. After more than a decade of remote collaboration, VSN members will meet in WHO headquarters in Geneva, on the 28 and 29 November 2016 to review the past decade of their VSN membership, share their views and experiences, express their expectations for the future of the network and plan next steps.