International Health Regulations

The International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) provide an international legal framework to ensure global public health security. Binding on 196 countries, including all WHO Member States, the IHR require countries to implement and maintain the capacities necessary for detecting and responding to public health threats and to report on events which may constitute a potential public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).

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First laboratory strategic plan development meeting held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

The first workshop on the development of the national laboratory strategic plan for Uzbekistan was held in Samarkand on 1–3 August 2016.

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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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