Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (IPAC)

What is IPAC?

The Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (IPAC), established in 2010, supports and advises the Director of the Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (IVB), with the review and/or formulation of immunization practices, operational standards, tools and technologies to strengthen and improve the delivery of immunization programmes at the country level in order to realize the goals of Global Immunization Vision and Strategies (GIVS) and Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP).

Countries will benefit from the development of innovative strategies and guidelines to address challenges and barriers to immunization access and service delivery.

Specific functions

The role of the IPAC is to provide advice and recommendations to the Director IVB, on three main interconnected areas:

  • Innovation and Strategy
  • Operations
  • Tools and technologies

IPAC has no executive, regulatory or decision-making function.

IPAC members

With the knowledge and skills that are contained in this group, IPAC plays a dynamic and important role in advising and supporting WHO/IVB in strengthening and improving immunization programmes at country level.

  • Chair: Chris MORGAN – Principal (Immunization, Vaccines and Immunity), Centre for International Health, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia
  • Kwadwo-Odei ANTWI-AGYEI – EPI Manager, Disease Control and Prevention Dept, Natl Health Service, Ghana
  • Robin BIELLIK – Medical Epidemiologist currently based in Switzerland
  • David BROWN - Director and Senior Technical Advisor, Brown Consulting Group International, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
  • Craig BURGESS - Senior Technical Officer, John Snow Inc, Virginia, USA
  • Jon COLTON – Professor of Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
  • Francois GASSE – Private Consultant, France
  • Ian GEMMILL - Medical Officer of Health, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health, Kingston, Canada
  • Brad GESSNER - Scientific Director, Agence de Médecine Preventive, Paris, France
  • Amani MUSTAFA - Public Health Training Project Manager, The Carter Center, Khartoum, Sudan
  • Jean-Marc OLIVE – Private Consultant, France
  • Adelaide SHEARLEY - Senior Immunization Technical Advisor, MCSP, Zimbabwe
  • Carla VIZZOTTI – Head of the Immunization Programme at the National Ministry of Health in Argentina

Five organizations have been requested to take part as observers during IPAC meetings. Observers take part in all aspects of IPAC, but will not have voting or recommending rights. These organizations will be represented by the following persons:

  • UNICEF: Adama Sawadogo, Cold Chain & Logistics Specialist
  • CDC: Laura Conklin, Medical Officer
  • PATH: Debbie KRISTENSEN – Group Leader, Vaccine Technologies
  • IFPMA: Mary ALLIN - Senior Director/Global Regulatory Lead, Pfizer
  • DCVMN: Reinaldo DE MENEZES MARTINS – Scientific Consultant, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Bio Manguinhos

Vaccine Presentation and Packaging Advisory Group (VPPAG)

VPPAG provides a forum for public sector and vaccine manufacturers to discuss and reach consensus on vaccine presentation and packaging issues to support the development of products suited to low and middle income country contexts.

For more information on IPAC, please contact:

IPAC Secretariat
World Health Organization (WHO)
Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (IVB)
20 Avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27


Meeting reports

Declaration of interests

IPAC archived meeting reports