Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

National advisory committees on immunization

The majority of industrialized and some developing countries have formally established national technical advisory bodies to guide immunization policies; other countries are working towards or contemplating the establishment of such bodies. These advisory bodies are often referred to as National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs). A NITAG is a technical resource providing guidance to national policy-makers and programme managers to enable them to make evidence-based immunization-related policy and programme decisions. The Global Vaccine Action Plan (see link below) calls for all country to establish or have access to such a NITAG by 2020.

Information on NITAGs by country is available through the Observatory of the NITAG Resource Center (NRC). The NRC offers NITAG members and secretariats and interested parties a centralized access to NITAG related tools, NITAG recommendations from around the world and the background documents used to issue them, systematic reviews, innovative scientific publications, technical reports, updates from partners, and upcoming immunization events. The Resource Centre is maintained by the by the Health Policy and Institutional Development Center of the Agence de Médecine Préventive which is a WHO Collaborating Center on evidence-informed decision-making on immunization since 2012. It is the first WHO CC focused on strengthening immunization-related evidence-based decision-making at country-level, on a global scale, with specific terms of reference promoting south–south, south–north and north–north collaboration. The NRC interface is accessible by computer, tablet and smartphone, allowing it to reach the widest audience in the most convenient manner .

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Page last updated: July 2016