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

IHR Committees and Expert Roster

IHR Committees

IHR Emergency Committee

When there is an event that is preliminarily determined to be determined to be a 'public health event of international concern' (PHEIC), the Director-General of WHO must seek the views of an IHR Emergency Committee established under Article 48 on appropriate temporary recommendations, and, if there is no consensus with the State Party concerned that a PHEIC is occurring, advice on the issue whether the event constitutes a PHEIC (Article 12). The first such event was the Influenza Pandemic (H1N1) 2009. You can find information of those Emergency Committee meetings under 'Pandemic (H1N1) 2009'.

IHR Review Committee

Director-General of WHO shall also establish an IHR Review Committee under Article 50. Information on the first Review Committee can be found at:

Roles of IHR Review Committee
  • make technical recommendations to the Director-General regarding amendments to IHR;
  • provide technical advice to the Director-General with respect to standing recommendations, and any modifications or terminations thereof;
  • provide technical advice to the Director-General on any matter referred to it by the Director General regarding the functioning of IHR.

IHR Expert Roster

The members of an IHR Committee are drawn from the IHR Expert Roster established under Article 47, which includes experts in all relevant fields of expertise, and from the members of WHO Expert Advisory Panels.

The Director-General of WHO appoints the members of IHR Expert Roster in accordance with WHO Regulations for Expert Advisory Panels and Committees except as otherwise stated in the IHR.

In addition, the Director-General appoints one member at the request of each State Party.

Share