The Department of Public Health, Innovation, Intellectual Property and Trade (PHI) is responsible for the interface between public health, innovation, research, transfer of technology and intellectual property. In addition, PHI is the knowledge centre for health-related intellectual property and trade issues.
One of the main tasks of the Department is to coordinate the implementation of the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property in harmony with the WHO Strategy on Research for Health.
The Global Strategy and Plan of Action is the result of intense negotiations that took place among the WHO Member States in the Intergovernmental Working Group (IGWG) set up by the World Health Assembly in 2006 (WHA 59.24).
The IGWG was created to implement the recommendations of the Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health (CIPIH) that was established by the World Health Assembly in 2003 (WHA 56.27):
“…to collect data and proposals from the different actors involved and produce an analysis of intellectual property rights, innovation, and public health, including the question of appropriate funding and incentive mechanisms for the creation of new medicines and other products against diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries…”
Where we are located within WHO
Within WHO, the Department of Public Health, Innovation, Intellectual Property and Trade is located in the Cluster of Information, Innovation, Research and Evidence at WHO headquarters in Geneva.