Alert, response, and capacity building under the International Health Regulations (IHR)


Laboratory services are essential to identify the agents involved in important public health events, including those which may cause public health emergencies of international concern. To meet IHR requirements, each State Party needs access to laboratory services, domestically or internationally. Functional specimen transport systems, combined with strong laboratory biorisk management measures and laboratory quality systems should ensure that laboratories release results in a safe, secure, timely and reliable manner. WHO provides frameworks, tools and expertise to inform and support health authorities in strengthening their laboratory capacity, quality, safety and security.

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