30th meeting of the European Regional Certification Commission for Poliomyelitis Eradication (RCC)

31 May–2 June 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark

The RCC is an independent panel of international public health experts that reviews annual reports from all 53 Member States on the status of immunization against polio and disease surveillance. At its 30th meeting, the RCC will:

  • review the current global and regional status of poliomyelitis (polio) eradication;
  • review annual updated certification documentation on polio in all Member States of the WHO European Region for 2015;
  • review Ukraine polio outbreak response activities, risks and mitigation activities;
  • review response and risk mitigation activities in Member States defined to be in the high-risk group;
  • review the current status of regional laboratory containment in view of cessation of use of oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) in routine immunization programmes and the recent 'switch' to bivalent OPV globally;
  • review introduction of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) in switch countries, results of the switch and mitigation of risks caused by global IPV supply constraints;
  • review post-switch polio outbreak response standard operating procedures from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative;
  • recommend strategies and/or actions to strengthen efforts to sustain polio-free status of the Region focusing on high-risk countries; and
  • review working procedures of the RCC and discuss a plan of activities for 2016–2017.