Joint External Evaluation process initiated in Serbia


The Ministry of Health of Serbia, in collaboration with the WHO Country Office in Serbia and with the support of WHO/Europe, initiated a Joint External Evaluation (JEE) process with a JEE orientation workshop on 5–6 July 2018 in Belgrade.

The purpose of the workshop was to assist relevant national representatives from multiple sectors to conduct a self-assessment of International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) implementation in Serbia. It set out to deliver the self-assessment report prior to the planned JEE mission, which is to take place in October 2018.

The workshop included 43 participants representing 13 different ministries, institutions, agencies and services of the Government of Serbia. Multisectoral representation, as demonstrated in the workshop, is key to ensuring broad engagement and close collaboration throughout the JEE process and beyond, in order to strengthen IHR implementation.

During the 2-day programme, technical experts acting as focal points in different technical groups of the self-evaluation familiarized themselves with the JEE tool and process. Presentations laid out the relevant context of the IHR monitoring and evaluation framework, the emergency preparedness and response cycle, and the current status of IHR implementation in Serbia.

In comprehensive group-work sessions, the technical experts initiated the self-evaluation process. Exercises included filling in the JEE self-evaluation workbook, using the JEE self-evaluation instrument and its scoring system, and presenting results for each technical area in the manner required for the upcoming external mission in October 2018.

The completed JEE self-evaluation workbook represents the final stage of the first phase of the JEE process. It will be shared with the JEE external experts prior to the mission.

The workshop concluded with agreement on next steps and a detailed timeline for the process ahead.