International Health Regulations

The International Health Regulations (IHR) constitutes an international legal instrument that is binding on 194 countries across the globe, including all WHO Member States. The IHR are intended to help the international community prevent and respond to acute public health risks, while limiting interference with international traffic and trade.

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WHO calls on countries to prepare as Zika virus expected to spread in Europe in late spring and summer

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International Health Regulations

In response to the exponential increase in international travel and trade, and emergence and reemergence of international disease threats and other health risks, 194 countries across the globe have agreed to implement the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR).

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International Health Regulations (IHR)

All you need to know about the IHR on two pages

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Points of entry

The IHR (2005) define a point of entry as "a passage for international entry or exit of travellers, baggage, cargo, containers, conveyances, goods and postal parcels, as well as agencies and areas providing services to them on entry or exit".

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Multisectoral collaboration

The IHR (2005) envision a multisectoral approach (Article IV and Annex I.A.6) with all relevant sectors of Member State national authorities contributing to detection, assessment, and response to potential public health events of international concern.

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