International Health Regulations (IHR)

Laboratory technician wearing protective clothing, collecting a specimenThe IHR require countries to detect, assess, notify and report events that could result in a public health emergency of international concern. Photo credit: WHOThe IHR (2005) are a legal framework to prevent, protect against, control and provide a public health response to the international spread of disease while avoiding unnecessary interference with international traffic and trade. Their entry into force on 15 June 2007 was a public health landmark.

Momentum towards IHR (2005) implementation is increasing. The Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean is escalating its efforts to support and accelerate achievement of core capacities in countries. It supports countries to implement the recommendations through providing technical advice, coordinating with IHR stakeholders (national, regional and global) and conducting meetings and training workshops to strengthen national capacities.

International Health Regulations (IHR 2005)

IHR core capacities



The IHR require that States Parties to identify ports with staff able to issue ship sanitation certificates. This requires the availability of trained personnel to conduct ship inspections at ports....

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A toolkit has been developed to assist countries to meet the core capacities required by the IHR (2005), by means of improving event reporting from frontline healthcare workers to the...

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The IHR agenda item took place on Friday 24 May 2013. Delegates concurred that the ongoing novel Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection and the human infection with avian...

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In focus

7 May 2014 - On 3 and 6 May 2014, the IHR National Focal Point of Jordan notified WHO of two additional laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS-CoV)...

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14 May 2014 – The fifth meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) concerning Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was held by...

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