About WHO Department of Global Capacities Alert and Response (GCR)
International Health Regulations implementation
Laboratory Biorisk Management
Under the International Health Regulations (IHR),
all States Parties have made a legally binding
commitment to assess, develop and maintain
their national core capacities for surveillance,
assessment and response. Appropriate laboratory
capacities are essential to a wide range of public
health operations for all States Parties, and are
specifically identified as IHR core capacities (IHR
Laboratory services are essential to identify and confirm the agents involved in public health events, including those which may cause public health emergencies of international concern (PHEIC). To meet the IHR requirements, each State Party needs access to laboratory services, domestically or internationally.
Rapid access to laboratory services should rely on adequate sample collection and transport systems. Strong laboratory biorisk management measures and laboratory quality systems should then ensure that laboratories release results in a safe, secure, timely and reliable manner.
The management of laboratory biorisk is addressed through the implementation of appropriate biosafety and biosecurity measures.