European meeting on generic and pandemic preparedness

20–21 November 2013, Bratislava, Slovakia

WHO/Europe and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control will hold a meeting on generic and pandemic preparedness on 20–21 November 2013 in Bratislava, Slovakia to which national experts from 39 countries are invited.

The meeting will address:

  • the recently published WHO Pandemic influenza risk management interim guidance and its implications for Member States;
  • implementation of the International Health Regulations; and
  • the European Union Decision on serious crossborder threats to health, which entered into force on 6 November 2013.

The meeting provides a forum for Member States to discuss and provide input to WHO and ECDC on several current issues, such as the WHO draft severity assessment tool, monitoring  and evaluation of preparedness at national level as well as synergies and interoperability of preparedness plans.

WHO and ECDC will also provide updates on ongoing outbreaks of avian influenza A(H7N9) and Middle East respiratory coronavirus, and Member States will have the opportunity to discuss how national preparedness for these two events may be strengthened.

A full meeting report will be made available on the WHO/Europe web site after the meeting.