Rules of observership

  • An "Observer" is an individual who attends the meetings of an evidence review group (ERG) or standing technical expert group (TEG), without being a member of the group or engaged as a consultant or temporary adviser, but whose presence in a group deliberation is considered to be beneficial.

  • The nomination of Observers is conditional on approval by the Chairperson of the ERG or TEG, and the ERG or TEG focal person in the WHO/GMP Secretariat. Only a limited number of Observers may be allowed to participate to the work of ERGs and TEGs, in order to keep such meetings with an optimally low number of participants, promoting maximal interactions and exchanges between the actual members of ERGs and TEGs.

  • The Observers should be selected on the basis of clear and objective criteria; their names may not be included in the list of participants, but listed separately. They will only be able to intervene in the deliberations if invited by the Chairperson, and normally only at the end of each agenda item.

  • The Observers will only be allowed to attend the actual ERG or TEG meetings, and will not be part of communication exchanges between the Chairperson, the members of the ERG or TEG and the WHO Secretariat responsible for the ERG or TEG. At the technical meetings, Observers should be excluded from those sessions that deal with the actual development of the group's recommendations. In other words, Observers should only attend those sessions which deal with the general exchange of information and views, to act as a resource and to clarify the position of the organization to which they belong.

  • Since Observers are invited to attend because they normally represent groups interested in the proceedings, their affiliations are transparent. For this reasons, as for Observers invited to attend other WHO meetings, they are not required to complete a DOI Form. They should normally pay their own expenses.