Report of the 23rd Meeting of the European Regional Certification Commission for Poliomyelitis Eradication




The 23rd meeting of the European Regional Certification Committee (RCC) for the Eradication of Poliomyelitis was held at the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark, from 28 to 29 June 2010. This report offers a summary of the meeting and its major conclusions/recommendations. 

The meeting's objectives included the following: to brief the European Regional Commission for Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (RCC) on the global and regional status of polio eradication and national plans of action to sustain polio-free status; to review annual updated certification documentation on poliomyelitis in all Member States of the WHO European Region for 2009; to assess the epidemiological situation and control measures implemented by Tajikistan to interrupt transmission of imported wild poliovirus type 1 in 2010; to review the current status of sustaining polio-free status in selected Member States; to review the current status of regional laboratory containment in view of recent importation of wild poliovirus type 1; to review working procedures of the RCC and discuss a plan of activities for 2010; and to brief the Members of the RCC on recent meetings.